I have 3 hard disks on my computer (two standard IDE33 and one UDMA66) and the
two standard IDE drives seem to have both died. One is 20G for Windows with 2
partitions which have both been getting increasingly dodgy over the past few
weeks. The other is 30G ReiserFS housing my Linux distro (except / which is on
the UDMA66 drive which seems un-affected by corruption). I'd like to know if
there's a way to test the integrity of a ReiserFS partition and see if it's
dead or not.
I dropped to single user at the weekend to do a reiserfsck. This managed to
segfault on one partition (/usr) and was unable to complete the checking of
another (/usr/local). It found errors on /home partition which it seemed to
fix, but rechecking found the same errors back again. Possibly worth mentioning
is that I tried to boot from the the new BBC and it was unable to mount my
ReiserFS partitions, it didn't recognise them! I know that this used to work
One final point, and possibly the cause, I was using a modified BIOS from the
BP6 website for the last few months. Could this cause hard disk corruption of
both FAT and ReiserFS? The only unaffected disk I have was on the UDMA66
controller which has it's own seperate BIOS.
On the plus side, I did get a 16x CD writer at the weekend which helped when I
was backing up my failing hard disks :)
Any advice/help/donated hard disks appreciated,
Paul Askins <:)
Email: Paul Askins <paul.askins at adbvdesign.analog.com>
Date: 09-Jul-2001, 16:40:41
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