6 Oct 06 10:58
During the "typical" linux installation you can check for
bad sectors during the format of the drive. I assume
that if you do the following:
I use Red Hat. YMMV. But I *DO* know that you have the
option for checking for bad sectors during the format
1. Try a "fresh" install of the linux with the typical
partitions. Doing it this way, you should be able
to do the bad sector checking by checking the prompting.
Partition the drive as you wish it to be for the
2. Mount the drive as a second drive (i.e. /dev/hdb with
the appropriate jumpers set for secondary drive, etc.)
3. Erase all of the files on the freshly formatted/
This should leave you an ext3 filesystem format without
any data on it. You can then transfer the oem software
to this "empty" drive. Don't forget to load the boot
image on it!
4. Rejumper the "new" HD and install in the target system.
I'm *SURE* that there is a way to easily format the
HD drive, however, I can't give you a high degree of
certianty on HOW. I usually find that sparing out the
bad sectors during installation is sufficient for my
needs. Sorry this is a kludgy way of doing it, but it's
got a high degree of success.
Best of luck!