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Re: ext3 filesystem corruption



On Mar 12, 2002  02:03 -0600, David Potterveld wrote:
> I've been experiencing intermittent filesystem corruption on a Compaq Armada
> M700 laptop w/ IBM Travelstar 30GB drives (both the 40GN and 30GN models).
> This happens mostly under RH 7.2, w/ ext3 filesystems, but I think it's also
> happened under win98. All seems fine until power-down, power-up, and boot,
> where the corruption is discovered. Searching these archives, I found that
> there are known problems with laptops and certain IBM hard drives, having to
> to with cache problems in the drive on powerdown, and that there are windows
> errata to workaround the problems. (msgs 2428, 2433, 2435 in this archive.)
> 
> Q: Are my drives known to be bad? Is there a list somewhere?
> Q: What are the workarounds for RH and windows alluded to?
> 
> I have some utilities downloaded from IBM, which I vaguely remember may let
> me change/disable cache modes. I'm gonna shut down now and give that a try.

I think the Debian folks put an "hdparm" command near the end of the
shutdown to suspend the drive (which forces a cache flush).

Cheers, Andreas
--
Andreas Dilger  \ "If a man ate a pound of pasta and a pound of antipasto,
                 \  would they cancel out, leaving him still hungry?"
http://www-mddsp.enel.ucalgary.ca/People/adilger/               -- Dogbert





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