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Re: Does "I/O error" mean hardware problem?

On Mon, 22 Nov 2010 13:44:32 +0800, Yuwen Dai wrote:

> My Debian Lenny constantly reports "disk I/O error on block xxxxxxx"
> when booting, then it runs e2fschk and reports some files are missing.
> I'd formated the partition but the problem still occurs.  The hardware
> is an Dell E6400 which has a Diagnostic tool.  I'd run the tool, but it
> said there's no error on the hard disk.  The Dell tech support says if
> the diagnostic tool doesn't report error, that means hard disk is OK. 
> So I have no proof that it's a hardware problem.  But the Linux
> filesystem(ext3) keeps corrupt, which is terrible.  Do you have any
> suggestion?

It can also be a bad cable or even a bad sitting connector, but being a 
laptop this could be harder to debug.

P.S. Updating your regular backup copy won't hurt.



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