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Old 01-29-2005, 03:23 AM   #1
Registered: Dec 2004
Distribution: Slackware 10
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Fat32 Harddrive errors, causing system instability

Hi Peoples

I have a 120gb fat32 harddrive (one partition) that I used to use as my data drive when i was using windows. however, due to the amount of data I have on there (most of it reasonably important) I didn't format it and backup, because I knew linux supported fat32. However whenever I try to use the drive, (especially opening files through X apps (openoffice,gtkpod,etc...)) It hangs the computer, sometimes it pulls through after a while, and then works normally for a bit.

heres the error message from $ dmesg

hdb: dma_intr: status=0x51 { DriveReady SeekComplete Error }
hdb: dma_intr: error=0x40 { UncorrectableError }, LBAsect=178328, high=0, low=178328, sector=178328
ide: failed opcode was: unknown
end_request: I/O error, dev hdb, sector 178328
FAT: Directory bread(block 178265) failed
I am using Slackware 10 Kernel 2.6.10

Old 01-30-2005, 12:37 AM   #2
Registered: Aug 2003
Location: Pondicherry,India
Distribution: Fedora Core 3, RedHat 9.0, SUSE 8.1 Personal,
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hdb: dma_intr: status=0x51 { DriveReady SeekComplete Error }
is caused if your IDE cable is not plugged-in properly into the Harddisk.So check that .If you ask why MS Windoze does'nt complain.....well Windoze works that way.

Either way ,the errors seem hardware [ie. ur harddisk ] related.......not something Filesystem related.Check ur cabling and power supply to HD.

If I am missing something......thr'll soon be somone more gud replying.
Old 02-01-2005, 03:49 AM   #3
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hmmm my motherboard said that there was a predicted SMART failure just then. so im starting to think my drive is about to die



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