Bad Sectors

Prince Serendip

New Member
Does DBAN remove or overwrite bad sector blocks? Specifically for Win XP pro or higher.

This is a rather important question because that's where Rootkits hide. I need an application which can do this. TIA
Should have searched before asking. :roll:

DBAN does not write over bad sectors. They have to be repaired first, if they are recoverable at all. So, a technique might be (as long as there aren't too many bad ones) to run DBAN, run a bad sector repair utility, then run DBAN again to overwrite the repaired sectors?

On the other hand there are two types of bad sectors: physical and logical ones. Only logical ones can be repaired. Physical ones are more or less permanent.