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Re: [OT?] Hard disk dying?

One thing to try is booting using an MS-DOS or Windows9x boot disk and then try running that version of FDISK on the drive. You could also try running Microsoft Scandisk. That will usually tell you about bad sectors in such. Plus, since it is not a Linux program, it won't be affected by faults in your Linux installation.

Hope this helps.

At 03:18 PM 6/6/2000 +0100, you wrote:
Sorry if this is offtopic, please redirect me to somewhere more
appropriate if you can.

I rebooted my woody/2.2.15 machine cleanly yesterday, but fsck found
errors on root, and /home and /var wouldn't even fsck: the kernel
just printed errors like:

hdb: dma_intr: status=0x51 { DriveReady SeekComplete Error }
hdb: dma_intr: error=0x40 { UncorrectableError }, LBAsect=15456326,

I mounted the partitions readonly on another machine, copied the data
across, then mkfs'd on each partition and copied the data back. The
machine *appears* to work now: fsck runs fine on them, but I'm still
getting the occasional error like above. I've tried turning DMA off,
but the errors are just about the same.

Does this mean I have a faulty disk? How can I test if the disk is
faulty or if it's something else?
Alisdair McDiarmid                                    alisdair@jml.net

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