Ext3 Journal corruption on hitachi deskstars

greg.martin at ddos.com greg.martin at ddos.com
Tue Feb 8 20:38:52 UTC 2005

I recently came across an enormous cluster of x86 clone machines running 
fedora core 1 (2.4.24) which have typically all intel or amd have VIA IDE 

They frequently experience corrupted journals rendering the ext3 partition 
in read-only mode.  More important than recovering the filesystem, I am 
interested in finding the root of the problem. 

The common hardware that all of these machines share is a Hitachi deskstar 
drive (New IBM drive)... 

Searching through the mailing list and google I have seen references to 
problems with this particular drive but for the life of me and (the broken 
redhat search tool) I cannot pin down specific information on the cause of 
these failures. 

A bug within the IDE bus driver and the harddrive, seems most sensible.  
Please help me find the right place to look. 

Thanks in advance, 


Greg Martin
Sr. Information Security Engineer
Melior Inc.

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