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Thread: Partitions and sectors

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2012

    Partitions and sectors

    Are partitions and sectors hardware or software things? I heard things like bad partition, bad sector. Are these fixable? If yes, in my mind, these are soft things. If there is a bad partition or sector, is this fixed after the whole disk is formatted with a new installation, or will they continue to give errors and create problems? ... Can LVM be used to fix such problems? Can part of a computer's harddisk remain untouched because the installation CD misses that part of HD and ignores it, and it may contain lots of data invisible to computer admin?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

    Re: Partitions and sectors

    Bad sectors can be caused by a physical problem and/or formatting. Although the explanation here is windows based it's relevant none-the-less.
    Good site to search for guides & how-tos.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

    Re: Partitions and sectors

    In my limited expereince with computers and also a very new user of Ubunto 12.04, I will make this statement about bad sectors and bad partitions. When a hard disk begins to fail it is time to get a new hard disk. I have found that hard disks generally last about five (5) years. Very rarely have I got a hard disk to last longer than five (5) years. When I hav e pushed the envelpoe of five (5) years I have lost the gamble in almost every case. (Losing the gamble means complete failure.)

    I forgot to answer: it is a hardware problem. If I am mistaken somebody with more beans than I can correct me.
    Last edited by hebrewofyhwh; March 3rd, 2014 at 11:58 PM. Reason: Adding information

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    SW Forida
    Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus

    Re: Partitions and sectors

    Physical failure can be checked with Smart Status of drive. Generally passed it good, anything else is a new drive.
    You can use Disks or Disk Utility to check status of drive.

    Abnormal shutdown due to power failure or just turning off computer incorrectly can corrupt file system. Then chkdsk from a Windows system on NTFS or FAT32 formatted partition may repair it. Or fsck on Linux ext family of partition formats. Other formats may have different tools.

    #From liveCD so everything is unmounted,swap off if necessary, change example shown with partition sdb1 to your partition(s)
    #e2fsck is used to check the ext2/ext3/ext4 family of file systems. -p trys fixes where response not required
    sudo e2fsck -C0 -p -f -v /dev/sdb1
    #if errors: -y auto answers yes for fixes needing response, also see man e2fsck
    sudo e2fsck -f -y -v /dev/sdb1

    Never force shutdown your laptop. Use Alt+SysRq R-E-I-S-U-B instead. (For newer laptops they don't bother adding the SysRq print to the key, but it's the same as the PrtScr key)

    Holding down Alt and SysRq (which is the Print Screen key) while slowly typing REISUB
    R-E-I-S-U-B to force shutdown
    A good way to remember it is.
    Raising Skinny Elephants Is Utterly Boring ...or
    Reboot System Even If Ultimately Broken ...LOL.
    For more info on UEFI boot install & repair - Regularly Updated :
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