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Old 06-30-2004, 01:56 PM   #1
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hard drive failure

Hi all,

I was compiling a new kernel and after it finished my computer became really slow (ls command would take 5 sec). So I rebooted my computer, but it won't boot anymore, I get IO error while booting.

So I booted the Suse live CD and was able to mount the hard drive and backup my data.

Went I tried to do a fsck, I get a lot of these:

Error reading block ##### (Attempt to read block from filesystem resuled in short read) while doing inode scan.
What does this mean, my hard drive has gone bad or just the filesystem?
Old 06-30-2004, 04:56 PM   #2
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I know a lot more about hardware than I do about linux, but from what I know the filesystem stuff is all in the kernel, which would logically lead me to believe that the timing is too coincidental for it to be a hardware problem. Hard drives do fail, but not very often after their first 24 hours of use. I'd be suspicous of that new kernel...
Old 07-01-2004, 05:17 AM   #3
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which hdd are you using (manufacturer, model, type) and can you send us listing of settings for compiled kernel?
Old 07-08-2004, 01:53 PM   #4
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Hi guys,

Thanks for the inputs. The hard drive was bad, it couldn't pass the diagnostic test, I had to call Dell to replace it.

Had to reinstall everything, but good thing I was able to backup. Though this is a bad experience, good support from Dell. They shipped the hard drive the same day I called, I received it the next day (before I had to leave on vacation).


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