badblocks -vws /dev/sda on a new 80GB laptop drive to make sure the disk is good. So far it's completed 2 passes and is working on it's third.
How many passes does it normally make?
If the only flags you ran the command with were
What you're seeing is not multiple passes, it's multiple test patterns within a single pass. The
However, a single pass with the
You can override this with the