Re: Hi is this critical??

From: Rogier Wolff (
Date: Tue Sep 17 2002 - 03:40:10 EST

On Mon, Sep 16, 2002 at 03:47:20PM +0200, Xavier Bestel wrote:
> Le lun 16/09/2002 à 15:37, a écrit :
> >
> > yes, this is critical.
> > It means that your HD is going to break soon.
> >
> Maybe these error messages should be a bit less cryptic for the
> uninitiated. Or is there a userspace utility to convert theses to
> luser-understandable messages ?

The problem is that you're going to leave out details to do this.
This means that even the experts don't know what happened.

>From the reported message I was able to pinpoint the exact spot on
his hdb2 partition where his drive has a bad spot, and I can calculate
the size of his hdb1 partition (In this case probably unneccesary
information, but still...).

If the error message says something like:

        "your harddrive hdb seems to be failing. Replace it NOW!"

then I can't make a valid decision about this. I have had a WD 31600
drive which had the trouble that the last 400M would go "bad": Lots of
bad blocks. In that situation I had to monitor the drive to just have
bad blocks in the last 400M or so, while I used only the first 1000M.
(Yes, only for "tmp" stuff.)

I also have a drive that has exactly ONE bad block. Run it through
"badblocks", and you can use the disk just fine. A read-ahead
might hit on the bad block, leading to funny error messages. However
I DO need to know which block.

MAC and Windows both try to give "simple" error messages. As a
knowledgeable person I then am confronted with:

        "Something went wrong. Contact your sysadmin if you can't
        fix it yourself".

Well, I -=AM=- the sysadmin, and would like to know what went wrong.
Otherwise I can't fix it. This is NOT the way to go.


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