Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 5th Jul 2011 21:46 UTC, submitted by mpxlbs
OSNews, Generic OSes No, your eyes aren't deceiving you - we have actually have not one, but two news items on hobby/small operating systems on the same day! You thought the day would never come again, but hey, here we are. You're welcome. Now, what are we talking about? FreeDOS - a test release has been, uh, released for FreeDOS 1.1.
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RE[5]: Wow...
by bassbeast on Sat 9th Jul 2011 00:36 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Wow..."
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Actually I've found with certain drives (Seagate and Maxtor) if there are even a couple of bad sectors in the front? They will NOT be exchanged and Windows won't see them as bad. As I said I've been using several as USB drives for several years now, scanning them often, not a single error since Spinrite.

Of course I'd say Spinrite probably has a lot to do with that as if I am handed a bad sector drive I run a level 4 scan, which does 4 separate write/read and error tests before it calls it. If a sector fails even once? It is marked as bad. Sure it takes awhile to run that deep a scan but that is why I have an old 233MHz that was given to me that makes a perfect box for such tasks. Just sit it in the corner loaded with FreeDOS and Spinrite and let it do its thing.

But I've been doing this since Spinrite was at V3 and knock on plastic the only drives I've had die were head crashes which I got plenty of warning about. If it survives a spinrite pounding and comes out green? I'd have NO problem using that on a machine.

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