[Gllug] Hard drive problems

Rich Walker rw at shadowrobot.com
Fri Jun 1 10:59:17 UTC 2007

James Roberts <jr at stabilys.com> writes:

> Rich Walker wrote:
>>> On Thursday 31 May 2007 16:00, Rich Walker wrote:
>>>> I don't know if anyone else has them, but yesterday and today I had a
>>>> Samsung Spinpoint SP2514N fail each day, with lots of IDE busy errors.
>>>> I've just removed them and now a Maxtor drive is doing the same thing.
>>>> Kernel version 2.6.20 SMP - any ideas?
>> hde (Spinpoint) starts giving errors. Then I get errors from ext3 on one
>> partition on /dev/md1
>> hde gets pulled from the array, and the spare added. When resync
>> finished, I reboot and do a fsck on the faulty partition.
>> Next day: hdi (Spinpoint) gives same errors, followed by file system
>> errors. I pull hdi from the array, shut the machine down, remove hde and
>> hdi from the machine, and replace hdi with a handy 250GB
>> Seagate. Reboot, go through fsck hell again, add hdi to md1 and let it rebuild.
>> On a Windows machine, the two Spinpoint disks are formatted
>> happily. We're running chkdsk on there now.
>> Meanwhile a Maxtor drive (hdk) has started giving the 
>> [10059.640000] hdk: drive_cmd: status=0xd0 { Busy }
>> [10059.640000] ide: failed opcode was: 0xea
>> error that the other two did. No file system errors *yet*.
> Questions/considerations -
> 1. I assume you are on a real UPS?

No - directly to mains.

> 2. Have you checked/swapped system PSU?

Not yet. On list to do as and when...

> 3. Have checked with the Manufacturers Test utilities? A simple source 
> of most of them is:
> http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/
> (Most of the utilities are DOS but the disk is built with Linux :)

Useful. The disks check out in another machine, so I suspect the PSU...

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