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Re: some questions (after a HD crash)



on Sun, Nov 04, 2001 at 03:21:34PM +0000, Darren Wyn Rees (merlin@netlink.co.uk) wrote:
> My little box crashed yesterday.  The hard disk started making
> a repetitive whining, metallic noise.  Here's the error message
> I managed to cut+paste :
> 
> [root@fsck neo]# hda: irq timeout: status=0xd0 { Busy }
> ide0: reset timed-out, status=0x80
> hda: status timeout: status=0x80 { Busy }
> hda: drive not ready for command
> end_request: I/O error, dev 03:05 (hda), sector 3408048
> EXT2-fs error (device ide0(3,5)): ext2_write_inode: unable to read
> inode block - inode=213140, block=426006
> end_request: I/O error, dev 03:05 (hda), sector 14418024
> EXT2-fs error (device ide0(3,5)): ext2_write_inode: unable to read
> inode block - inode=899638, block=1802253
> end_request: I/O error, dev 03:05 (hda), sector 14418128
> EXT2-fs error (device ide0(3,5)): ext2_write_inode: unable to read
> inode block - inode=900059, block=1802266
> end_request: I/O error, dev 03:05 (hda), sector 12320824
> [etc]
> 
> On bootup, I had to run fsck manually.  Now, I seem to have
> completely lost my news spool.  Here's the output of 'ls -la'
> in /usr/local
> 
> [...]
> ?rwxr-xr-x   11 news     news         4096 Aug 27 09:33 news
> drwxr-xr-x    2 root     root         4096 Feb  6  1996 sbin
> drwxr-xr-x    4 root     root         4096 Aug 26 22:33 share
> drwxr-xr-x    2 root     root         4096 Feb  6  1996 src
> [...]
> 
> What does the "?" denote in a directory listing ?

Return the disk to vendor for warranty repair.

> The hard disk is an IBM 40GB.  Not sure of the model, but it's
> only about 4 months old, so I should be able to return it under
> the guarantee.  What is the best way to WIPE data on the disk ?

GTX (?) disks are widely reported to have quality issues, as previously
noted.

The wipe utility will securely delete data, though it will probably take
the better part of a day or more on a 40GB drive. 

Peace.

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