Check for Bad Sectors on an Internal/External Hard Disk in Ubuntu/Linux Mint


In this tip, we will see how to use badblocks to scan/test your hard disk partitions (including USB hard drivers) for bad blocks (or bad sectors). Bad sectors are sectors that are damaged and cannot be used to store data on a hard drive. Badblocks will detect all bad blocks on your hard disk and store them in a text file so that you can use it with e2fsck to configure your OS to not store your data in these damaged sectors.

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