Re: OT: Damaged harddisk and/or disk controller
Kjetil Kjernsmo wrote:
What I see is that if the primary master disk isn't detected, the
primary slave isn't either. However, if I pull the IDE cable from the
primary master, the primary slave is detected. This too, could be
This sounds like an electronics problem on the "master" disc.
random, as I have not seen it often enough to tell, but it seems so,
indicating that the controller is fine. I have also bought a new IDE
cable, so it is not the cable.
Today, I pulled the power from the disk, and when I inserted it again,
it gave a sound like "I'm spinning, I'm spinning!", and that was what
did the trick, it seemed. Could it be that occasionally the disk simply
doesn't start spinning at all after a shutdown?
This sounds like stiction.
In the list of devices on bootup, the IDE controller always shows with a
single entry, so it is not that the IDE controller is totally absent.
lspci also shows it as:
0000:00:04.1 IDE interface: VIA Technologies, Inc.
VT82C586A/B/VT82C686/A/B/VT823x/A/C PIPC Bus Master IDE (rev 06)
The primary disk, a Maxtor 40 GB disk, has been a bit unreliable from
the start, so I suspect it is to blame. As some may remember, I have
Connor, now owned by Maxtor IIRC, was *notorious* for not working well
with drives not manufactured by Connor.
You can buy a new bare Seagate (I've only had good experiences with
them) 40GB drive for $50 USD or so here in the Dallas, Texas area.
How much is your time worth? How much is your data worth?
Any ideas on how to attack this issue to bring more certainty as to the
Get all the data you possibly can off that disc ASAP, and buy a
replacement disc for $50. Then, and only then, start thinking about
whether that drive can possibly be used for data storage. Maybe
you could put /tmp on it or something.
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