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Monday, October 24th, 2005
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I went to install OpenOffice 2.0 final today, and it didn't complete. Got some SCSI error. But it installed the next time. Later, I found even more SCSI errors in my log. I thought it might just be a loose cable or something, until I ran the SMART long self-test:

SMART Self-test log
Num  Test              Status                 segment  LifeTime  LBA_first_err [SK ASC ASQ]
     Description                              number   (hours)
# 1  Background long   Failed in segment -->       9 26710  0x           40ea2 [0x3 0x11 0x1]

DOH. I have a SMART short test scheduled every day, which would have paged my phone and shut the computer down if an error occurred. Wasn't doing the long tests though. WELL NOW I'VE LEARNED.

Now I have to figure out how to get Fujitsu to replace this thing.

Edit: that was easier than I thought. It was just difficult to *find* the RMA page. Once I got there, it was pretty much as good as WD or Seagate. And yes, I have now replaced every hard disk in atlas at least once.

And I'd better test my bigger disks too...
Testing has begun.
Please wait 134 minutes for test to complete.

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[User Picture]From: wikle
2005-10-24 08:53 pm (UTC)
You have more HD problems then any 5 other people I know. I have one HD in my main comp that's my 'C' drive for 3 years now. I turn it on every day and let it run till after 12am each night. Down stairs I have another HD that has been running for 6 years and no problems there either. For the 2 years I've known you I think you have replaced 4 HDs?
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2005-10-24 09:20 pm (UTC)
There are a couple things at work here. First, I'm running seven hard drives right now. So I'm 3x-4x more likely to have a failure than "normal folk". Second, and most important, I take them all on two bumpy two hour van rides every couple of months. That always helps break their will.
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From: entropy512
2005-10-25 04:49 pm (UTC)
Look into some form of shock-mounting your drives. I've seen DIY solutions that involved elastic from a fabric store (which is what I'll be doing as soon as I install a fan into the drive bay faces). There are commercial solutions that have vibrational isolation AND heatsinking. Not only will it protect your drives, it'll make your machine quieter. :)
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2005-10-24 09:22 pm (UTC)
Also, I think two of those hard drives you know about were replaced because I needed more disk space.

(First I needed more space in general, then I installed mythtv and *really* needed more space.)
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