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HDD PROBLEM: CAN'T INSTALL LINUX

Posted on 1998-07-07
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I have a 1.7Gbyte harddisk with bad cluster. When I use dos format(with
bad cluster checking) to format it the program terminates itself.

Now I'm trying to install redhat 5.0 to it, but  the installation keep
terminating with the following message :
"error-2 reading header, success install exited abnormally sending
termination signals done."

I have try to install with a few different CDROMs that are confirm
workable, I try this installation for a long long time  and it still
doesn't work.

Please help me, thank you !!!
Urgent !!!
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Unfortunately when an IDE drive develops a bad sector, it really should be replaced it usually indicates an underlying problem. IDE drives automatically remap bad sectors with spare ones (hot-fixing), and so should never develop bad sectors in the course of normal operation.

As DOS format gives up without an error, I'd suspect that the drive's electronics are dying, and Linux also feels the same way about it.

You'll have to buy a new drive unfortunately. But the big advantage of Linux (and all unixes), is that you could buy three cheap small drives and mount them as root, usr and home, and nobody would know that they're different drives, plus it'll be faster and have some degree of fault tolerance.
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