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Don't trash an iPod with bad blocks on the drive
Authored by: mvgfr on Jan 25, '11 10:14:42AM

FWIW, it may be more than luck:

Writes that fail, result in the target block being spared out and another block being used in its place.

Reads don't do this - you may very well want to try *really* hard to get the data.

Repartitioning and restoring (both) results in writing to (and thus confirming the usability - for the moment) of *every* block used by the partitions and the data written back to them.

This applies to most actual spinning-disk drives and it may also apply to the flash storage on an iPod.

Of course the warning to back up early and often still applies - a device with bad blocks may continue to degrade.

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