Summary:Hard disk utility for Solaris 2.5.1 on a Sparc 10

From: Anika Evans (
Date: Fri Oct 17 1997 - 19:59:59 CDT

Thanks to everyone who is helping us "limp" along until we receive our
new hard drive from Sun.

The original question was:

I am looking for a utility similar to Norton on a PC to bandage a hard
drive on a Sparc 10 until I receive a new drive. Doesn't a similar
utility come with Solaris 2.5.1?

Thanks for Replies Received from:

Shriman Gurung: -- ext. 477
Rich Kulawiec:
Dieter Gobbers:
Marc S. Gibian:
Tony C. Wu:

Most people suggested "fsck" or "format."


>There isn't much to be done with modern SCSI devices. You can't map out

>defects, as the drive manages the defects internally. Once you see a

>defect on a modern SCSI disk, it means that the disk is truly sick.

>If you try to map out a block, you only map out a logical 'SCSI' block.

>The drive may well reuse the same physical block on the platter for

>another logical block if the drive doesn't know that the physical

>block is bad. And if you get to see that the block is bad, the disks

>internal bad block map is propably full already....

>What you can do is to repartition the drive so you don't use the areas

>with bad blocks. Wastes a lot of disk, but......

>For other kinds of drives, you can use the defect management in the

>format command to manually map out bad blocks. Or you can run an

>analyze pass that will find and map out bad blocks. It won't

>copy off the data in those bad blocks, so beware!



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