View Full Version : [ubuntu] Force install on disk with bad sectors?

December 8th, 2009, 04:39 AM
I'm trying to install Ubuntu on an ancient Dell Inspiron 3500, which I have done before. I have tried every recent version of Ubuntu and Xubuntu, but the installation always halts because of bad sectors on the target disk. I can install Windows XP on the disk with no problem. Is there a way to force the Ubuntu installation to proceed, ignoring the few bad sectors?

Or is there a repair program I can run on the disk? I can't run fsck because the disk is "busy," though not mounted.

December 8th, 2009, 05:02 AM
Boot the live CD
Open a terminal
sudo fsck -c /dev/sda1 (Assuming that the bad sectors are on the first partition)

Try to install.

Or, buy a new disk.

December 8th, 2009, 05:37 AM
Hi words1,
just curious, why you want install a system into the harddisk that you knew have bad sector?