I came back tonight after leaving Calibre fetching metadata/covers for 4,000 ebooks to find my PC was frozen – even after reinstalling with Fedora 13 not 14.
It passed memtest86 (RAM), it passed mprime (CPU), it didn’t pass smartctl (HDD) ………
SMART Self-test log structure revision number 1 Num Test_Description Status Remaining LifeTime(hours) LBA_of_first_error # 1 Extended offline Completed: read failure 90% 3121 231943665 Vendor Specific SMART Attributes with Thresholds: ID# ATTRIBUTE_NAME FLAG VALUE WORST THRESH TYPE UPDATED WHEN_FAILED RAW_VALUE 197 Current_Pending_Sector 0x0032 200 200 000 Old_age Always - 2 198 Offline_Uncorrectable 0x0030 200 200 000 Old_age Offline - 2
So 2 uncorrectable sectors and the self-test couldn’t even get past 10% before failing to read the disk!
So yet another WD hard disk to be RMA’d. Luckily its a WD Caviar Black, so has a 5 year warranty – in fact its just about to come to its first birthday (odd as I bought it from ebuyer in September!) The problem is I don’t want a replacement, I want my fscking money back. Its been a massive waste of my time and I wouldn’t even trust a replacement to be a backup drive.
I guess I’m running out of disk space on it anyway, so will stick the recently replaced WD Caviar Green 1.5Tb in its place (and hope that doesn’t fail) although I expect its a fair bit slower (5400rpm/32mb instead of 7200rpm/64mb) and is a 4K drive.
Now the question is, do I restore my Fedora 14 image……