[K12OSN] OT: hard drive emergency -- update

Rob Owens robowens at myway.com
Thu Feb 3 11:19:05 UTC 2005

After I posted the problem to this list, the laptop still would boot into linux, but wouldn't run the ssh daemon. So I had my sister boot into Knoppix and set up an ssh server. I managed to tar and copy /etc, and when I started looking for her data in /home and the windows partition, the directories were coming up empty. It died as I was working on it.

Some over-the-phone diagnostics w/ Dell confirmed that it is dead, and they are sending a new hard drive (under warranty. luckily). Problem is, they want the old hard drive back and I'd rather have my sister send it to me so I can try it periodically--in case it "wakes up", I'd grab all her pictures and stuff off of it.

The hard drive showed no signs of failure until this. It happenned very fast. Is that typical?

I'm still suspicious of the iPod, because of how it would stymie the boot process if it was left plugged in.


 --- On Wed 02/02, Petre Scheie < petre at maltzen.net > wrote:
From: Petre Scheie [mailto: petre at maltzen.net]
To: robowens at myway.com, k12osn at redhat.com
Date: Wed, 02 Feb 2005 08:28:18 -0600
Subject: Re: [K12OSN] OT:  hard drive emergency

My neighbor re-installed his Windows box from scratch a few months ago--it was <br>either XP or ME, I can't remember which.  He had forgotten that his iPod was <br>attached during this, and afterward discoverd that all the music he had on the <br>iPod was trashed/gone/unavailable.  I can't see any logical connection between <br>his experience and yours, aside from the correlation that anytime a change is <br>made to the OS, having an iPod connected during the change seems to wreak havoc.<br><br>Petre<br><br>Rob Owens wrote:<br>> Thanks. I'm looking into smartd right now.<br>> <br>> Is it possible for a usb device like an iPod to screw up the partition table or the bios? I really suspect that the problem has to do w/ the iPod, but I can't understand why it would have the ability to do this kind of damage.<br>> <br>> -Rob<br>> <br>> <br>>  --- On Wed 02/02, Burke Almquist < balmquist at mindfirestudios.com > wrote:<br>> From: Burke Almquist [mailto: balmquist at mindfirestudios.com]!
<br>> To: robowens at myway.com, k12osn at redhat.com<br>> Date: Wed, 2 Feb 2005 07:02:35 -0600<br>> Subject: Re: [K12OSN] OT:  hard drive emergency<br>> <br>> -----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE-----<br>Hash: SHA1<br><br>you might try running smartd to see if your drive is reporting any <br>errors, spinrite (grc.com) is also supposed to be really good at <br>detecting drive errors, but it costs money.<br>Finally, you might try your HD manufacturer's test program.<br>-----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE-----<br>Version: GnuPG v1.2.4 (Darwin)<br><br>iEYEARECAAYFAkIAz2sACgkQfqZR3ThMfXTZiQCeI75ioGnvS3NlW7yxeUkXIEaJ<br>g60An3TVQMSAwKzrhvet/QE/PhzGBYad<br>=6er0<br>-----END PGP SIGNATURE-----<br><br><br>> <br>> _______________________________________________<br>> No banners. No pop-ups. No kidding.<br>> Make My Way your home on the Web - http://www.myway.com<br>> <br>> _______________________________________________<br>> K12OSN mailing list<br>> K12OSN at redhat.com<br>> https://www.redhat.com/mailman/listi!
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