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RE: Storage



The trouble is, unless you run some manufacturer-specific DOS program (from
a floppy, if you're running Win2K/NTFS), you never get to find out if the
hard disk has been finding and correcting errors, until it finally finds one
that it can't correct. That's a function that really needs to be built into
the low-level disk driver, and hooked up to some Win2K/WinXP background
service.

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Ciao,               Paul D. DeRocco
Paul                mailto:pderocco@ix.netcom.com

> From: Scott Laird
>
> It shouldn't really matter, as long as you read the data from time to
> time.  Recent hard drives should detect minor read problems well before
> they cause data loss and then either re-write the fading sector or
> relocate it to a spare sector without any intervention from the
> computer.  If this was a really common problem, then the drive would
> probably do this on its own, occationally verifying each track on its
> own and fixing bad sectors.

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