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Harddrive Weirdness

This is somewhat more of a hardware question but it might interest someone here.

I was installing (with the pci/ide disks) on a system that has very been running 2.1 for 9 or 10 months (I built it when I loaded 2.1 on it, so its recent hardware western digital ide hd, asus p5a, k6-2 450), went through it, rebooted, and was in dselect picking which packages to install. I was interupted and had to go away for a few hours, when I came back, I didn't quite realize at what step I was at in the install, and so I noticed the 2.2.17pre6 kernel image, and thought, oh I'd like that too, and selected it.

So halfway through installing the packages, it replaced the kernel, and still not thinking about what I was doing, moved the modules directory and hit Y to install the new kernel. Then it continues installing the other half of the packages.

Almost did that is. It began to get drive write errors, and quite shortly the system locked up.

I had to cut the power, and start again. But when I began the install over again, even rewrote the partition table, etc, I kept getting the same write errors from the harddrive. I then formated the disk with and old dos bootdisk, and still got the errors when reinstalling. I then rebooted from the rescue disk, and did a dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hda and wiped the disk totally. made one big partition, fscked it, and did a read check, but stil got the same write errors during an install attempt.

Pissed, I went to bed, and got up in the morning and the install everything went fine.

I can only assume being powered off for 7 or 8 hours caused whatever was wrong to go away. Is this reasonable? Is there something on the drive, a buffer of somekind, that could have been hosed by the kernel-crash that was able to survive a 30second power off, but went away during the long powerdown?

The last thing to ask me about is hardware, so I'm rather puzzeled.
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