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Thread: reinstall to compensate for disk hardware problem ?

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    reinstall to compensate for disk hardware problem ?

    This is a generic Intel box with a single internal 80GB disk (probably Seagate, but I don't remember. I can find out if it matters)
    running 12.04LTS native (ie, NOT a partitioned disk dual-boot with Windows)

    Recently, Ubuntu takes a long time to start and the disk makes the 'scrape scrape scrape pause scrape scrape scrape' noise when I start FireFox.
    I'm able to see the file system, and have copied important data onto an external USB drive.

    Would it help to completely re-install Ubuntu? is it worth it? or should I just go buy another internal disk (which would require a complete new install anyway)

    thanks

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    ibjsb4 is offline Ubuntu addict and loving it
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    Re: reinstall to compensate for disk hardware problem ?

    Check you HDD with "Disk Utility" to see what shape its in. It should already be installed in your system.

    https://apps.ubuntu.com/cat/applicat...-disk-utility/

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    Re: reinstall to compensate for disk hardware problem ?

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    Last edited by ahallubuntu; June 27th, 2013 at 03:36 AM.

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    Re: reinstall to compensate for disk hardware problem ?

    If the bad sectors are in one area of the disk, for example the first 10 GB, you can create an empty (unused) partition there and only use the rest.
    Bringing old hardware back to life. About problems due to upgrading.
    Please visit Quick Links -> Unanswered Posts
    Don't use this space for a list of your hardware. It only creates false hits in the search engines.

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