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Old 12-16-2002, 09:43 PM   #1
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Thumbs down HDD failure or Linux or ???


Hi ppl.

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??


thnaks
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Old 12-16-2002, 10:54 PM   #2
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Hard to say, really ... there are Intel-chipsets out there that
randomly garble IDE-DMA data ...

I personally don't like RedHat but I wouldn't blame them
for the problem since you seem to be the only one who
reports this kind of problem... or at least I haven't heard
the like before :}

What kernel-version does your RedHat come with?
Tried upgrading that after one of your installs?

It would also be interesting to learn about your partitioning
scheme ... which partitions have you got on which mountpoints,
what got wiped?

Cheers,
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Old 12-16-2002, 11:56 PM   #3
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Re: HDD failure or Linux or ???

Hi
most probably u r having bad sectors on ur hdd. delete hte current partition, format it as ext2, or ext 3 , check for bad sectors ,if u r using redhat 8 then try reinstalling linux. dont give up so easily.. try try. and try again. its worth it .. btw are u trying to use any third party tool like norton disk speed or someting as sucjh .. that may also cause probs.
 
Old 12-17-2002, 12:06 AM   #4
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tinkster, cheers for ur reply,

i am interested in the intel garbling idea! know of any forums or info sites regarding it?

kernel-2.4.18-3
no i have not upgraded the kernel since it was sufficent and working fine until!....

ok partitioning:


WDC HDD 30Gb first one

hda1 /boot (fine)
hda2 /data drive (fine)
hda3 /root (corrupt)
hda4 extended
hda5 /var (corrupt)
hda6 /back up data (fine)
hda7 /user (corrupt)
hda8 /swap (corrupt)
hda9 /more data (fine)


New seagate 80Gb

hda1 /boot (fine)
hda2 /data drive (fine)
hda3 /data drive 2 (fine)
hda4 extended
hda5 /var (fine)
hda6 /root (corrupt)
hda7 /home (fine)
hda8 /user (corrupt)
hda9 /swap (corrupt)
hda10 /more data (fine)


cheers
 
Old 12-17-2002, 12:26 AM   #5
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ruby,

dont worry i am definitley not giving up on linux!!
i thought it was a bad sector prob at first, however the chances of it happening again within two weeks on a brand new HDD told me there must be more...plus i did the scans using the WDC and Seagate specific software and both found absolutely no errors.

i am keen to get my machine up and running again because my tiny network depends on it!!

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Old 12-17-2002, 02:09 PM   #6
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Gidday ....

Was just Googling for you ;)

Look at this one.
Ctrl-F -> loss

But I know that there has been more than one chipset affected.
What has your box got?

Cheers,
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