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A friend of mine with a G5 Mac is looking for a utility, or an option in Disk Utility, to check for bad blocks when formatting a hard disk. So far neither he or I have found a way to do this.

Is it automatic or simply unavailable? If unavailable, what utility can you all recommend?

Many thanks.
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If the hard drive has smart status, it will auto check for bad blocks - you can look in disk utility, it will tell you if smart status is enabled, and the condition of the drive, or you can use something like g-parted (linux based, burn it to a cd, always good to have handy)
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Thanks for that. Problem is that the G5s are PowerPC architecture, not x86. GParted won't run on them, AFAIK. I know Linux can check for badblocks while formatting, and I assume Windows can also.

I was hoping Mac OS X 10.4.x (specifically the HFS filesystem) would be able to also.
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Originally Posted by parityboy;12383104 
Thanks for that. Problem is that the G5s are PowerPC architecture, not x86. GParted won't run on them, AFAIK. I know Linux can check for badblocks while formatting, and I assume Windows can also.

I was hoping Mac OS X 10.4.x (specifically the HFS filesystem) would be able to also.

It can, just click this button
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Originally Posted by reberto;12392020 
It can, just click this button

Cheers for that. smile.gif What OS did you take that screen from? 10.4?
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10.6, but they haven't changed that menu since 10.0
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Cool, cheers for that. :-)
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