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PostPosted: Sun Jul 09, 2017 4:44 am    Post subject: Hard disk (failed or failing not sure) Reply with quote

Not sure what it means that after my hard drive crashed it still boots but into a read only system. I am not sure why also but it looks like the hardware diagnostics also does not work, and system log following the read only mount of operating system is full of messages like ata resetting link. What haplened? Is my disk failed.

update: I was able to reboot into what is now a slightly more functional o/s, at first appearing to have no visible issues, but now with some of the same types of "hangs" of various disk related stuff...

From my current boot dmesg output...
https://past.pound-python.org/show/SbSRNnVrJKtTzokhgIVs/

From the previous situation, I went into the system log to pull this one out....messy! I should mention that when the crash occurred was with the windows partition loaded, and some automatic system diagnostic started. I am really peeved right now :(

I am going to attach the disk to my desktop and see if everything is ok with fs before continuing.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 09, 2017 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LIsLinuxIsSogood,

Your link has several errors in it. past -> paste I can fix but the page is not found.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 09, 2017 2:05 pm    Post subject: Re: Hard disk (failed or failing not sure) Reply with quote

LIsLinuxIsSogood wrote:
ata resetting link

This usually means that there's a bad connection.

Try blowing out the dust and unplugging/re-plugging the cable at both ends. Better yet, try a different cable.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2017 6:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Problems persisting when i took the drive out, and attached to a hd enclosure for external use. I especially aware of the porblem being a condition of mounting the drive, so I have attempted to use archiving tool fsarchiver on the partition. It says it completed with no errors.

Why might reading data be ok but mounting it? Does that sound possibly corrupt files or directory structure, I cant figure out if this drive is bad but replaced it anyway so now i just need to get a working backup to restore the o/s to its working condition. I am thinking of taking this opportunity to change partitioning schemes for the new disk. Are there some good recommendations for how to partition the Swap space, and anything else besides BIOS and EFI (esp), like should there be room to do so I wanted to for ease of backing up separate /home and /root as well into a 5th partition in the scheme.

Any problems foreseen with doing so?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2017 7:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

LIsLinuxIsSogood,

We need some dmesg output to see the errors anh the output of smartctl -a for the drive.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 10:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That won't be necessary, because I believe it was isolated to the bad disk. Anyway, I took the opportunity to put a new SSD in my laptop, and now am installing the system (as you suggested with multilib support). If you have a chance to look at another post of mine, it started as a problem with the autotools (features, or whatever)...that sort of spun out of control and now having major negative impacts on the F/S by way of some emerges that I did and now can't load many if not most of my basic binary applications. Oddly enough, some of them still work. The title of the other posting I did is... "How come Cant install anything with automake?"

https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-p-8093534.html#8093534
Hopefully this link works.
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