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Re: lost a drive?

Dave Stevens wrote:
> Still open to suggestion.... 

Run smartctl -a /dev/hda (or whatever) on the drive, to make sure that's
not failing.

Relevant responses include
SMART overall-health self-assessment test result:
and the stuff from
SMART Error Log Version:

If the drive is failing (and it sounds like it), you don't want to
reformat, reinstall, or anything else.

If the drive is fine, you really want to know what caused the problems
in the first place. The two big suspects are faulty memory (run
memtest86) or dodgy kernel code, probably from unusual or out-of-tree
modules (have you loaded any?)

If you *have* got faulty memory, you really should fix that before doing
*anything* else with the drive.

Hope this helps,


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