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Old 9th July, 2003, 10:34 AM
Aedan Aedan is offline
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Originally Posted by linuxrulz
used DTemp like you suggested and the Reallocated sector count light comes off as red. Does this mean the drive is faulty?
The Reallocated sector count is the number of sectors that the drive has had to reallocate to it's spare sector pool. Basically, hard disks are manufacturered with spare sectors that cannot be accessed normally. If the hard disk notices that a previously good sector has gone bad, it maps one of the spare sectors into it's place.

This would suggest that either your drive has suffered contamination, or some part of the electronics are failing. The drive is going to get much worse fairly quickly. I'd recommend backing up the disk as soon as possible, and then get the drive replaced!!

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