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SubjectRe: New filesystem for Linux
James Courtier-Dutton wrote:

> I have seen this too. I think that when IDE drive relocates the sector
> due to hard errors, one would silently loose the information that was
> stored in that sector.
> How can one detect this? Of course it would be nice if the IDE drive
> told us that sector X had just gone bad but I don't think they do. They
> just silently relocate it because in some cases the sector has only gone
> a "bit" bad, so the IDE drive relocates it before it totally fails.

I've never seen this behaviour in a drive. All the drives I've seen mark bad sectors as "pending
reallocation", they they return read errors on that sector unless they manage to jag a good read, in
which case they then reallocate the sector. Or else they wait for you to write to the sector
triggering a reallocation.

There may be drives less well behaved out there, but I've not come across them.

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