How to hide BAD sectors at Seagate F3 drives

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Below is the step-by-step guide how to hide BAD sectors at Seagate F3 drives – most typical task when repair BAD hard drives.

Step 1. Run utility

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Step 2. Make backup of HDD resources in profile

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Step 3. Edit HDD ID – disable all options

Check this for more details.

* Step 4 (optional). Clear G-list (T>i4,1,22) and Non-resident G-list then run Translator regeneration (T>m0,6,3,,,,,22)

Do it ONLY in two cases:

  • You already run hiding defects and something got broken/hanging
  • G-list has wrong items (drive already have a problem with translator)

Step 5. Run logical scans

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Here is the sequence

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It’s recommended to leave all  logical scan parameters by default.

Let’s take a look on hiding to Slip-list stage more detailed.

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Results of logical surface scan will looks like

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Now let’s move to Defects tab. As you may see, defect chains consists from only one defect.

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To save defects more quickly it’s recommended to group chains. For doing this you need to select at context menu of defects editor Remove interactions and intersection option:
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To prevent defects spread in future you can use Inflate defects option. Here is its default configuration:

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To use Inflate defects option or no – it’s only your decision.

At picture below you can clearly check result of preparations:

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After preparations with defect list just press Hide to Slip-List button and go to next stage of block scheme:

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Happy defectoscopy!

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