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SubjectRe: Hard Disk Failure
--- Mark Hahn <hahn@physics.mcmaster.ca> wrote:
> > Now this Distribution is bundled along with its
> own
> > Hardware and about 45% of these PC's Harddisk are
> > failing after a period of 2-3 weeks. On
> reinstallation
>
> not IBM DTLA's, I hope.
>
> > they become ok but again after 2-3 weeks they fail
> > again and finally after 2 months of this the Hard
> Disk
> > fails COMPLETELY and cannot be used again for any
>
> you need to get some actual data here, not this
> "completely"
> nonsense. do you mean it doesn't spin up? if so,
> there's
> nothing that the software (including the OS) could
> have done
> to cause it.
>
> > All I want to know is what is the probability that
> the
> > above oversight of e2fsprogs version is
> responsible
> > for the HDD failure thats all. Since we are
> totally
>
> no. e2fsprogs might cause data loss, but not
> physical damage.
>

I am using Kernel -2.4.19. The ouput of /proc/ide/sis
is as follows
############# /proc/ide/sis
######################################
SiS 5513 Ultra 66 chipset
--------------- Primary Channel ----------------
Secondary Channel
-------------Channel Status: On
Off
Operation Mode: Compatible
Compatible
Cable Type: 80 pins 80
pins
Prefetch Count: 512 512
Drive 0: Postwrite Enabled
Postwrite Disabled
Prefetch Enabled
Prefetch Disabled
UDMA Enabled UDMA
Disabled
UDMA Cycle Time 2 CLK UDMA
Cycle Time Reserved
Data Active Time 3 PCICLK Data
Active Time 8 PCICLK
Data Recovery Time 1 PCICLK Data
Recovery Time 12 PCICLK
Drive 1: Postwrite Disabled
Postwrite Disabled
Prefetch Disabled
Prefetch Disabled
UDMA Enabled UDMA
Disabled
UDMA Cycle Time 4 CLK UDMA
Cycle Time Reserved
Data Active Time 3 PCICLK Data
Active Time 8 PCICLK
Data Recovery Time 1 PCICLK Data
Recovery Time 12 PCICLK

#############the output of hdparm -i /dev/hda is as
follows############
Model=ExcelStor Technology ES3230, FwRev=ES7CA25A,
SerialNo=MA15HAX
Config={ Fixed }
RawCHS=16383/16/63, TrkSize=0, SectSize=0, ECCbytes=57
BuffType=DualPortCache, BuffSize=2048kB,
MaxMultSect=16, MultSect=16
CurCHS=16383/16/63, CurSects=-66060037, LBA=yes,
LBAsects=58615258
IORDY=on/off, tPIO={min:120,w/IORDY:120},
tDMA={min:120,rec:120}
PIO modes: pio0 pio1 pio2 pio3 pio4
DMA modes: mdma0 mdma1 mdma2 udma0 udma1 udma2
AdvancedPM=no
Drive Supports : Reserved : ATA-1 ATA-2 ATA-3 ATA-4
ATA-5

The problem is random in nature it occurs on its own
giving dma error at boot time when it is checks the
hard disk.

hda: dma_intr: bad DMA status (dma_stat=35) ;
hda: dma_intr: status=0x50 { DriveReady SeekComplete }
hda: dma_intr: bad DMA status (dma_stat=35)
hda: dma_intr: status=0x50 { DriveReady SeekComplete }
hda: dma_intr: bad DMA status (dma_stat=75)
The hexadecimal values of the status are different.

I have attched the dmesg and the lspci output also.

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