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Old 07-07-2006, 03:28 PM   #1
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Hard Drive - Bad Inodes/superblocks - input/output error

Ok, this isnt a distro spacific problem, it hapens with any distro I try.

The other day I tried to install Ubuntu 5.1 on my maching(system specs are in my signature). I chose LVM for my partitioning, and everything seemed to go fine. About half way through the install, it gave me an error message, and wouldnt go any further. I tried again, and got the same thing. So I repartitioned my drive for DSL, hda1 is my home and hda2 is my swap. For some reason, DSL wont boot into X, so I run fsck /dev/hda1 and get all sorts of erros about bad inodes and bad superblocks. I decided to zero fill my drive to see if this would get rid of the problem. I did the following

dd: if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hda bs=1m
It told me "bad numer" so i tried
dd: if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hda bs=1
When I do that, it just sits there doing a whole lot of nothing for about 30 seconds and then tells me "dd: /dev/hda Input/output error"

I went back into the disk partitioning tool "cfdisk" and it now tells me that I have no partition table...I create a new one and instead of having hda1, I now have hda1p1.

What is going on with my drive? Is it fried..? Any help would be great, cause right now I am stuck using a live-cd with the default DSL apps...It isnt very pleasent
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Go to the drive manufacturers web site. Get whatever diagnostic tool they have for your drive. There are usally several available. (i.e. Seagate has disk wizard and sea tools. Western Digital has WDDiag, or something like that.) These tools will fix the drive if they can. Otherwise, you need to check if your drive is in warrantee. You don't need a receipt for your purchase of the drive. You just call and give them the serial number off the drive. The manufacturer will tell you if it is still in warrantee. Most drive manufacturers will 'cross ship'. You give them a credit card number, and they ship you a new drive. If you don't return the old drive, they charge your credit card. Cross shipping is really good because you get a carton to ship the old drive back, with a mailing label.


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