I have already installed RH 9 but it continues to lock up while browsing the web. Can't figure out what is causing it.
So i am doing a reinstall of RH9 and this time decided to check for bad blocks. Sure enough it reported I did have some bad blocks. How do I get rid of these bad blocks. I do not have any valuable data on the drive. So formating it is not a problem if I need to do this. The drive I am using is a Western Digital 30GB WD307AA model.
I am just a beginner to Linux so I need some help to do this.
Help is greatly appreciated.
You dont need to reinstall the system yet, you can execute..
To mark the bad blocks bad to preven the filesystem to write there again, but i recomend you to backup your data very soon because you harddrive will probably break in a near future.
Thanks for the Reply!!
Right now I do not have any OS on the box. So I will have to reinstall RH 9 without checking for bad blocks.
Then run e2fsck -c command (which makes the system skip those blocks)
Then get a new hard drive.
Once RH 9 is installed how do I check for bad blocks?
I would like to check the other hard disks in my PC. I found out that the hard disk in question might have bad blocks from doing a reinstall of RH9.
Installing redhat will not cause bad blocks on a drive. Bad blocks are a sign of disk failure. You can have redhat check the disk with fsck before installing to it.