Bad Sectors Scan Tool


Hi All

look for some software to scan an hard drive for bad sectors


Are you using Linux then the tools in Disc, Linux Mint’s name for the utility also look in the cli reference Windows the Sysinternals package has tools. HDD manufacturers have specific tools for their drives.


Yes I’m running linux


You can also do some testing with SpinRite


Unfortunately with Spinrite it doesn’t work on larger drives and new machines. I have a 2TB drive I have tried testing with Spinrite and I keep getting an error. Research has proven GRC staring it is a motherboard issue/settings.

I’m also looking for something that is equivalent to Spinrite but will work on larger drives.


badblocks is what you guys are looking for.


Thanks Tom, I was not aware of this tool.