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Old 09-10-2008, 03:43 PM   #1
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mutter mutter grumble...


I just had a %$#& hard drive failure.

I didn't lose anything of course, but it has forced me to reconfigure my system a bit, which of course takes a bit of time, and I have to restore my VMWare environment from backup, to a different HD, while I shop for a replacement.

grumble grumble grumble.
 
Old 09-10-2008, 05:46 PM   #2
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Nudge nudge, grab lots of coffee as you try and reminisce on your old HDD. But truthfully, you'll get over it. I once had the unfortunate mishap of clearing our whole tape archive after some smart ass switched the tapes, thus clearing over 100 GB of user info.
 
Old 09-10-2008, 06:42 PM   #3
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I just had a %$#& hard drive failure.
Take it easy before you have a %$#& heart attack.
 
Old 09-11-2008, 03:22 AM   #4
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Ah well, remember there's always someone worse off than you. Can't think of anyone just now though.
 
Old 09-11-2008, 07:30 AM   #5
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Ah well, remember there's always someone worse off than you. Can't think of anyone just now though.
Michael Jackson?
 
Old 09-11-2008, 08:28 AM   #6
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Technology is great...when it works.
 
Old 09-11-2008, 10:37 AM   #7
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Michael Jackson?
Did his hard drive fail?
 
Old 09-11-2008, 10:49 AM   #8
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Actually, this was a sudden failure. Drive had been passing all SMART tests - I check periodically - and the system had been up for two months. The drive apparently quit several hours before I noticed it. It is the sudden failures that bite you, however I maintain a good backup procedure.

Drive reports "drive not ready" regardless of what you do with it. It was the drive that holds my VMWare virtual machines, so it didn't hurt me really; I just unplugged it, loaded a live CD, reloaded grub on the boot drive, changed a few pointers in fstab and menu.lst, and was back up. Then loaded the virtual machines backup onto another HD in the system that had the space and all is good.

Though - and this is a confession (shhhhh!) - about 13 months ago I dropped that drive on a concrete floor. At the time it was my system drive. It immediately sounded different and started reporting IO errors. So I ran spinrite on it and ordered a new drive. Moved my system to the new drive, ran spinrite on this one again, then let it sit in the box and idle for a month. Ran spinrite a third time, exercised it for about a day, got no new errors, said "it is probably OK", and move my VMWare stuff to it. So, I don't know if this failure is related or not, but given that this is the only SCSI drive I have had fail this decade I am suspicious. Oh well. Got another year out of it, and lost no data.
 
Old 09-11-2008, 10:53 AM   #9
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Take it easy before you have a %$#& heart attack.
There is no such thing as a %$#& heart attack. %$#& is for hard drives. When you have a heart attack, it is a &@!%^ heart attack. Get it right!

-jiml8, illogically pedantic since at least 1902
 
Old 09-11-2008, 02:26 PM   #10
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So you are 106 jiml8? I'd guess you stay up to date on all 'matters of the heart'...
 
Old 09-11-2008, 03:22 PM   #11
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So you are 106 jiml8? I'd guess you stay up to date on all 'matters of the heart'...
Uhhh...

The sig said "at least".

-jiml8, being absurdly precise since at least 1902.
 
Old 09-11-2008, 05:56 PM   #12
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I have to ask, was it a Seagate or a Maxtor drive?

After the trouble I have had with these drives, I only use WD (Western Digital) now, and for good reason. My 12GB WD drive has been running 24/7 for years now, and sometimes under heavy load, no problems whatsoever.
 
Old 09-11-2008, 06:01 PM   #13
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I'm sure that a WD would not like being dropped either.
 
Old 09-11-2008, 06:29 PM   #14
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The OP stated that nothing physical was done to the drive, thus the drive suffered some kind of failure on it's own.
 
Old 09-11-2008, 06:32 PM   #15
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You didn't read all of this thread, did you?
 
  


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