I'm trying to install RedHat 2.1 from the cdrom and discovered my Linux
disk partition (380MB) had many bad blocks on one cylinder near the
midpoint of the partition. Evidently, the previous occupant of this
partition (Slackware 2.2) had not consumed enough of the disk space to
hit the bad blocks (or did it just silently mark them out?).
I guess I need to run "mke2fs -c" to find and mark the bad blocks when
initializing the file system, but I haven't figured out how to break
out of the install program to do this and then get back in cleanly.
Is there a way to force the blocks to be marked after the partition
has been initialized? I ran /sbin/badblocks, which helped me identify
the bad cylinder, but it doesn't seem to have a fix option, nor does
I considered partitioning my disk around the bad spot, but I already
have 4 partitions so can't add more.
Any advice would be appreciated.
Jim Chapman NCR Corporation