On Mon, Aug 9, 2010 at 9:14 PM, Carlos E. R. <robin.listas(a)gmail.com> wrote:
On 2010-08-09 18:23, Dave Howorth wrote:
I also set up a network log, as Pit suggested and
that has come up
trumps! The problem has moved with the disk. The last bit of the log is
below; does it mean anything to anyone?
Not to me.
However, you know that there are specific disc test utilities out there. For example,
one on there site, a small CD you can download and boot with (it as a floppy before). You
test the disk with it. It has to be good, because if it says a disk is bad, you print a
directly and send it back on warranty.
I had some interesting experience with vendor test utility. (I'm not
saying one should not trust them, just keep in mind, there is nothing
It was about 5 years ago or even more.
I had Maxtor 60 GB HD with Windows-2000 (rarely used) and SuSE. One
day while in Linux I noticed some unexpected disk activity (It was
ext3 FS). The system locked up. After reboot GRUB could not boot Linux
(and could not find its menu). But using its command line I could boot
Windows. Disk test indicates there are multiple defects in Linux
I then downloaded Maxtor diagnostics disk (it was floppy then) and
their test failed twice and indicated the disk has to be replaced. Of
course I was terribly upset and decided to use some tricks learned in
old MS-DOS times (good old Norton Disk Editor) and fsck to recover
some important data. After I more or less succeeded and had nothing
more to lose, I decided to run fsck in auto-repaire mode (that was
even pre-MS era experience that sometimes multiple re-writing of disk
block recovers it). It ran about 2 days...
After that I ran vendor test again - disk was found OK. I did it a
number of times - no problems. So I decided to try and re-install
Linux. Guess what? This disk is still working and it was on my main
desktop for 5 years and I've not seen any failures.
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