[H-GEN] predicting/recognising HD failure (was Tape Drives)

Frank Brand fbrand at uq.net.au
Sat Jan 5 22:48:47 EST 2002


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the easiest way might be to enable S.M.A.R.T. HDD detection in the BIOS.

There is a view that whenever disk checkers start to report errors you have
problems. This view is based on the theory that modern HDD's have lots of
built in redundancy with lots of spare sectors and that when the reports of
disk problems are detected then you already have major problems.

Disk failures occur in many ways and not all of them are detected by disk
checkers.

I recommend you look at Spinrite 5 if you want to check disk. IIRC this is a
product if Steve Gibson (www.grc.com) who writes lots about security (eg,
Shields Up).


Frank Brand


>got curious just now along the lines of 'recognising when a drive is about
to
>fail' , saw this
>http://www.storage.ibm.com/ipl/oem/tech/pfa.htm
>and had a look at
>man fsck



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