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Re: Ubuntu Ibex on single SATA Seagate disk, ext3



But when Linux crashes.. it tends NOT to just automatically reboot (unless 
specifically set up to do so).  It usually either black screens, sig-faults, 
or stops.

Tweeks



On Friday 13 March 2009, Stephen Samuel wrote:
> One question I have  is: why is the system repeatedly rebooting?? The
> answer to that question may
> point to something about why you're losing data.
>
> I tend to find that, with Linux (and unlike some other OSs
> [cough]WIndows[cough]), repeated
> crashes tend to point to some kind of hardware error, and -- where there's
> a software source to
> the crashes -- there are people who are genuinely interested in(and capable
> of) resolving the problem.
>
> On Fri, Mar 13, 2009 at 12:24 PM, Tweeks <tweeks rackspace com> wrote:
> > On Thursday 12 March 2009, James McKain [Gmail] wrote:
> > > I'm having a strange problem I've never seen before.  Sometimes my
> > > system crashes, and upon restart I am missing *at least* a handful of
> > > files.
> >
> >  They
> >
> > > are completely gone and untraceable.  At first I forced fsck on reboot,
> >
> > and
> >
> > > that helped recover some of them, but the problem continues.  I have no
> > > clue even where to start tracing this.  Can anyone help?  The system is
> > > a new AMD Phenom on a SATA Seagate 1Tb disk.  Ubuntu Ibex is the only
> > > OS loaded, on ext3 partitioned 5 ways.
> > >
> > > My system just crashed today, and now that I'm back up and running
> > > there
> >
> > is
> >
> > > one file in particular that is completely gone.  I haven't touched this
> > > file in months, and it just up and disappeared.
> > >
> > > I checked with Seagate to see if my drive was part of the recall, it's
> >
> > not.
> >
> > > (so they say)
> >
> > Test it using smart:
> >
> > # smartctl -T permissive -d ata -s on /dev/sda
> > # smartctl -T permissive -d ata -t long /dev/sda && sleep 2h && smartctl
> > -T permissive -d ata -l selftest /dev/sda
> >
> > If the output is all %00, then the drive is passing it's self test.  If
> > it's
> > failing before it reached %00 (down form 100%) then it's failing.. get
> > your stuff off asap.
> >
> > Tweeks
> >
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