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Sunday, December 17th, 2006
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This drive is just past one month old. It had the audacity to fail without warning during a scheduled SMART self-test. So I had no chance to salvage anything. So long, over 100 recorded episodes of Good Eats. Good bye, collection of hilarious video clips downloaded during college. Ta ta, HDTV streams of House and Veronica Mars I haven't burned to DVD yet. At least it wasn't my home directory.

Relevant log entries for the morbidly curious. Bolded line is me stumbling out of bed and mistyping my password to access the logs, hoping that clicking noise wasn't coming from my computers.

Dec 17 05:22:31atlas smartd[9331]: Device: /dev/hdd, starting scheduled Long Self-Test.
Dec 17 08:22:39atlas hdd: irq timeout: status=0xd0 { Busy }
Dec 17 08:22:39atlas ide: failed opcode was: 0xb0
Dec 17 08:22:39atlas smartd[9331]: Device: /dev/hdd, not capable of SMART self-check
Dec 17 08:22:39atlas smartd[9331]: Sending warning via /usr/local/sbin/ to ...
Dec 17 08:22:45atlas hdd: status timeout: status=0xd0 { Busy }
Dec 17 08:22:45atlas ide: failed opcode was: unknown
Dec 17 08:22:45atlas hdc: DMA disabled
Dec 17 08:22:45atlas hdd: DMA disabled
Dec 17 08:22:45atlas hdd: drive not ready for command
Dec 17 08:23:14atlas ide1: reset: success
Dec 17 08:23:44atlas hdd: irq timeout: status=0xd0 { Busy }
Dec 17 08:23:44atlas ide: failed opcode was: unknown
Dec 17 08:24:14atlas ide1: reset timed-out, status=0x80
Dec 17 08:24:15atlas sudo(pam_unix)[8494]: authentication failure; logname= uid=0 euid=0 tty=pts/2 ruser= rhost= user=kvance
Dec 17 08:24:15atlas hdd: status error: status=0x7f { DriveReady DeviceFault SeekComplete DataRequest CorrectedError Index Error }
Dec 17 08:24:15atlas hdd: status error: error=0x7f { DriveStatusError UncorrectableError SectorIdNotFound TrackZeroNotFound AddrMarkNotFound }, LBAsect=150081181286271, high=8945535, low=8355711, sector=63
Dec 17 08:24:15atlas ide: failed opcode was: unknown
Dec 17 08:24:15atlas end_request: I/O error, dev hdd, sector 63
Dec 17 08:24:15atlas hdd: drive not ready for command
Dec 17 08:24:15atlas xfs_force_shutdown(hdd1,0x1) called from line 424 of file fs/xfs/xfs_rw.c. Return address = 0xc02fcf06
Dec 17 08:24:15atlas Filesystem "hdd1": I/O Error Detected. Shutting down filesystem: hdd1
Dec 17 08:24:15atlas Please umount the filesystem, and rectify the problem(s)
Dec 17 08:24:16atlas shutdown[8496]: shutting down for system halt
Dec 17 08:24:16atlas xfs_force_shutdown(hdd1,0x1) called from line 424 of file fs/xfs/xfs_rw.c. Return address = 0xc02fcf06

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[User Picture]From: duinlas
2006-12-17 05:07 pm (UTC)
Ouch. Magnus (the artist who made all our models and arenas) lost his HD a month ago or so. Only he's sent it away to salvage the data that he didn't back up... including our original .max files. *cringe*


And my computer died unexpectedly, as well. But I am suspicious it was a WoW keylogger who first stole my password and when I finally managed to restore it killed the machine he had broken into. Or it was just scary coincidence.
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2006-12-17 06:07 pm (UTC)

It's hard to feel too bad about mine since I didn't lose any actual work, just years of movie files. Just exasperated.
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[User Picture]From: duinlas
2006-12-17 10:30 pm (UTC)
you'd seen the movies and shows, though, right?
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2006-12-18 02:33 am (UTC)
Mostly. The Good Eats archive was a pretty invaluable resource, as I could instantly pull up a half hour show on anything I'd care to cook.
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[User Picture]From: wikle
2006-12-17 05:32 pm (UTC)
Golly that stinks. Any chance that data is still left on whatever drive was holding it before a month ago when you got your new one?

I received two bad drives in a row a few months back and couldn't figure out what was wrong since HDs almost never fail for me. After a while I found that they really hadn't blown at all. I was just trying to run 3.0 SATA on a raid controller capable of 1.5 at the most. The odd thing is that they would work fine for about a week or so before failing. The only good thing was that the information I was storing on them was mostly installed video games and movies that I had on my older HD that I had replaced.
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2006-12-17 06:17 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately not. Once I copied the movies onto the new disk, I formatted the old one and copied my home directory onto it, since I was running low on both my movies and home disks.
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From: preshgsi
2006-12-18 12:31 am (UTC)
Hate to say this, but another benefit of using RAID. *hint*hint*
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2006-12-18 02:32 am (UTC)
That would be nice, but sadly impractical with my setup. I don't have enough empty space for the disks, or enough power, or enough IDE channels, or enough PCI slots for ATA controllers. I could probably Y on one additional SCSI disk, but even that would be crazy expensive and probably not big enough to RAID-1 with any of my filesystems.

Whenever I get around to planning the next Big Upgrade, I am definitely going to consider the idea of a big, expandable NAS system.
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From: preshgsi
2006-12-18 10:53 am (UTC)
Setting up a NAS was probably one of the best idea's I've had. It feels awesome to know that when you hear that deadly clicking sound, just replacing a drive (RAID-5) magically means you didn't lose all your data.
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