> I'm trying to install Linux on a couple old PCs. The hard drives have
> some bad blocks, but work okay with DOS. I haven't been able to install
> Linux apparently due to hard drive errors. (I do have experience
> installing Linux successfully on other PCs).
> Any ideas would be appreciated.
Just give the -c option to mke2fs. This will cause e2fsck to mark the
bad blocks. You can also provide a list of bad blocks with the -l
option. Look at the mke2fs(8) manpage for more information.
BTW. I have installed Linux on an MFM drive by using the -c option.
mke2fs found the bad blocks and everything works great.
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