First post, by zetatron2000
Hello guys, I have found a bunch of 3,5" diskettes in my parents home. I formatted them and found out that unfortunately most of them had bad sectors.
But when I tried to do full format on Windows95, some of them had their number of bad sectors decreased.
So I took some and formatted them multiple times, and for some it actually fixed all bad sectors.
My thought is that maybe since the data was in one area for so many years, that part of diskette was so magnetized that windows treated that as bad sector, and that
multiple full format demagnetized it?
Can anyone with more technical knowledge confirm my guess?
Another thing is that windows format utility isn't very user friendly when it comes to format tens of floppy disks multiple times.
I wonder if there is some program that work like DBAN I could use - so I can set to do low level format continuously, and after several hours check if bad sectors were fixed or not, and then be sure that this particular one is dead for sure.