>I've installed RH6.0 on my new e-machine and had
>some problems with it.
>Installation was fine, but while I was setting it
>up, it froze. Eventually, I decided to run fsck
>and found that some of the disk sectors were bad.
>My first thought was to do a low-level format so
>that these sectors get marked as 'bad'.
Ooooh, that sucks. You did the worst thing that could possibly be
done! I hope you at least used the BIOS low-level utility, and not
some third party utility. A low-level format will remove *everything*
on the disk, including the bad-sector tables that were made from the
factory. You probably removed the bad marks for some defects from the
factory, as well as the ones that you found and marked bad previously;
you probably have more bad sectors now!
Quote:> After going to Samsung's website, I found that there is
>_no_ low level formatting once it leaves the factory.
Generally not a good idea, to be sure. Well, if the problem isn't
progressive, in other words, if you aren't finding more bad areas
every time you check, then you can probably use a utility like
Norton's Disk Doctor (if you format the drive to FAT) to run several
thorough tests and mark all bad areas of the disk. If the problem is
progressive, you'll have to replace the disk.
Quote:>Without adding/replacing the HD, I don't know of
That probably is your only alternative. Is the drive still under
warranty? Did you call Samsung and get an RMA for the drive? Samsung's
products are crappy IMHO, but they don't mess around with warranty
service; they're very fast. If you're on the east coast like me,
you'll get a fast turn-around, since Samsung does warranty service out
of New Jersey.