[Gllug] Badblocks indicates disc is OK?...

John Winters john at sinodun.org.uk
Tue Aug 10 13:57:18 UTC 2004

...or, "Do hard disc drives get better?"

I suffered an apparent disc failure back in April.  The disc in question
(200 Gb Maxtor) started giving i/o errors and I put the problem down to
lack of ventilation.  Fortunately everything was backed up so I did
first a short term fix (loading bits back onto different machines) and
then at the start of the summer holidays I finally got around to
replacing the failed server.

I was about to throw away the failed disc and I just thought I'd test
it.   I shoved it in a different machine, fdisk'ed it to create one
large partition and then did:

    mke2fs -c -c /dev/hdb1

To my surprise the whole thing ran through (albeit taking *ages*) and
didn't generate a single disc error.

So, have I got a duff disc or not?


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