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Posted on 1998-09-23
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I have a seagate 850mb, some times my computer insists to run a surface scan every now and then on start up.
Is there any sort of repair utillity or does it mean spending loads of dosh for a new hard drive.
(i have 65,361kbs of bad sectors, thats not much is it?)
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Surface scan on startup usually is triggered by a poweroff prior to shutting down windows. This is not a good thing to do. I happens occassionally if the lights suddenly go off, but you should always shut it down in an orderly fashion.

65Mb of bad sectors on a drive is *terrible*. (your number was 65,361kbs, if you meant 65Kb then that's not so bad).

What you need to do is see if that number is *rising*. If so, then your drive is starting to go, and yes, you should allocate some $$$ for a new one.

While 850Mb used to be a *huge* drive, by todays standards its not that large. You can get 2.5Gb HD's for $200-$300 which is really pretty cheap.

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