retries on bad blocks on screwed-up IDE drives

From: David Monniaux
Date: Sat Apr 17 2004 - 08:09:28 EST


I'd like to make a physical copy of a failing IDE drive. The problem is, I don't know in advance where the bad sectors lie. As a consequence, the copying process tries to copy those sectors; for each failing sector, the kernel tries, gets an error, tries again etc...

Is it possible to ask the kernel to give up immediately on a failed IDE sector?


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