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       mbadblocks - tests a floppy disk, and marks the bad blocks in the FAT

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       The mbadblocks command is used to mark some clusters on an MS-DOS filesystem bad.  It  has
       the following syntax:

       mbadblocks [-s sectorlist|-c clusterlist|-w] drive:

       If  no  command  line  flags  are  supplied, Mbadblocks scans an MS-DOS filesystem for bad
       blocks by simply trying to read them and flag them if read  fails.  All  blocks  that  are
       unused are scanned, and if detected bad are marked as such in the FAT.

       This  command  is  intended to be used right after mformat.  It is not intended to salvage
       data from bad disks.

Command line options

       c file
              Use a list of bad clusters, rather than scanning for bad clusters itself.

       s file
              Use a list of bad sectors (counted  from  beginning  of  filesystem),  rather  than
              trying for bad clusters itself.

       w      Write  a  random pattern to each cluster, then read it back and flag cluster as bad
              if mismatch. Only free clusters are tested in such a  way,  so  any  file  data  is


       Mbadblocks  should  (but doesn't yet :-( ) also try to salvage bad blocks which are in use
       by reading them repeatedly, and then mark them bad.

See Also

       Mtools' texinfo doc

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