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during my investigation I saw that this is not the most rare error msg in the world, and that it can mean a dieing hard drive, or a misconfigured one.
So I ran the Seagate diagnostices on it and it said it was OK.
So I looked to see it is was misconfigured.
Its set to DMA, which this drive supports fine, so its not that.
I then looked at its chs and this is what linux reports
hde: ST380011A, ATA DISK drive
hde: attached ide-disk driver.
hde: host protected area => 1
hde: 156301488 sectors (80026 MB) w/2048KiB Cache, CHS=9729/255/63, UDMA(66)
which I thought was a little strange so I searched online to see what it really is and I found this web site that says it should be 16383/16/63. However I also found another web site that it was 1023/256/63. So what is it?
And how can i fix it?
Normally I would just go into the BIOS and go from auto to manual, but this is connected to a Promise controller, and I have no idea how to get into the setting for it.
I did get those errors combined with filesystem corruption twice with ext3 and debian.It was a driver issue in my case - the drive is still working fine one year later with reiserfs.You might want to try to google for the error message and your controller manufacturer.
Most of the time it is a problem with the drive.In your case the only other culprits could be the channel, which would mean the mobo or the cable.
You could try to do a search of the kernel mailing list for the error message and your motherboard but most likely the drive is going down.