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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. -- Ciao, Paul D. DeRocco Paul mailto:email@example.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. - Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.