From: Kenn Humborg (kenn at domain bluetree.ie)
Date: Wed 16 Feb 2000 - 15:01:34 GMT
> My father recently purchased a PC, from someplace I'll not
> mention it recently developed a bad sector, which has crapped out Windows
> on it, now he rang said place, and they said that a bad sector is no
> reason for them to replace the drive, the machine is only two mths old ...
That's a load of crap. IIRC, IDE drives silently remap bad sectors
until the situation gets so bad that it either runs out of spares
or finds a sector that it can't read from in order to recover the
> In my mind one bad sector is symptomatic of something worse maybe going
> wrong on the drive, and is a reason to replace it, so does anyone know
> whether a) a reformat is all I need or b) should I spend the time giving
> out a load of crap until they replace it ....
The drive is failing. This should be covered by the drive manufacturers
warranty, so the OEM should have no hesitations in replacing it.
And feel free to name the company. I went through this with
Gateway a few years ago, and the experience was so bad that I
will never buy from them again.
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