[CentOS] PATA Hard Drive woes

Keith Roberts keith at karsites.net
Wed Nov 3 15:59:36 EDT 2010

On Wed, 3 Nov 2010, RedShift wrote:

> To: CentOS mailing list <centos at centos.org>
> From: RedShift <redshift at pandora.be>
> Subject: Re: [CentOS] PATA Hard Drive woes
> On 11/03/10 17:01, Keith Roberts wrote:
>> There were no sectors remapped, which is odd as there were
>> bad sectors originally on the drive. I ran MemTest86+ out of
>> curiousity, and there are 5120 Errors, some at 0.4MB&  0.5
>> MB.
> You should fix that first.

Working on that one now ;)

>> The BIOS has been playing up, not recognising the Primary
>> Master drive. This is the channel the Hitachi disk was on
>> when it developed the sector read errors.
>> Could a bad controller or bad RAM cause Hard Drive sector
>> errors?
> Neither bad RAM or a bad controllor can physically damage 
> a hard drive. A bad controller will not cause reallocated 
> sectors. It can however cause UDMA CRC errors and other 
> weird non-SMART related behaviour.
>> The drive is as good as uninstalled, so I may as well send
>> it for replacement.
> Send the output of smartctl -a /dev/yourdisk, that'll give us more factual data than speculation.

Will do as soon as the memory checks are done, and the 
machine is up again.


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