Someone I know quite well just told me that they have a hard drive with a S.M.A.R.T warning and "the internet says" that he can fix the problem by running this amazing built in windows tool called "chkdsk" (he literally learned about this today, as a long-term windows user) or by reformatting the drive.
I've told him that neither of those methods will work, since it is a hardware fault that is being reported by S.M.A.R.T.
He said that there is hope that it'll work, since someone on the internet said so.


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    Maybe you should send him an email, so it would be someone else on the Internet
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    Fuck this guy. He is a dumbass
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    In Linux you can scan the drive, find the bad blocks and output them into a file then use that same file to format the drive but having it exclude those blocks, so if you still need to use the drive and it's onlylike 5 bad blocks, this is a temporary work around
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    A tool like Western Digital Data Lifeguard might actually do a decent job at repairing some bad sectors, but it works best in PE mode

    also they just learned about chkdsk so it'd be a hell of a miracle to pull off for them
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    Not everyone can realize different between S.M.A.R.T. report and bad sector, someone here too.
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