Recently had a WDC HDD fail on me, or so i thought, let me explain!
running RH7.3 for 6 months with no hardware probs as such. I run the machine more or less 24 hrs, one day come home and the machine has royally frozen, nothing no terminals ..nothing! restart...and it comes up with kernal panic, this i found is due to the fact that the root and user partitions have been corrupted and would not be detected via linux rescue and hence could not be mounted once in the rescue shell. Two other partitions that were just for data storage were OK but had nothing to do with the RH o/s.
Now i downloaded the WDC utility disk and fired up a extended test, this test came up clean and appeared to have no probs?!
So i had a brand new HDD (seagate) and thought, i'll whack that one in and start from scratch again!i reinstalled RH7.3 again no probs all went well and it has been running on and off for a week or so.
Until today when i came home again and it had frozen,, tried a restart, but to no avail, same error, kernel panic cant mount /root filesystem.so again i tested the drive and it came up fine, so i have concluded that the HDD is not the prob.
so this is where i need some help....
.... i dont want waste more time reinstalling if its going to fall apart on me again in a week or two!!!
the only ideas i have are: that it is linux do something weird, it is a hardware problem, ie ribbon cable?? or motherboard??
anyone had similiar experience or know of any ideas i could try??