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stoolpigeon's Journal: Seagate - At least I got a heads up 6

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Booted up my Fedora box at work this morning but instead of starting normally it put me in emergency mode with a message to check the logs. On the whole I'm very pleased with this development. It gave me a prompt to give it the root password and then I could view the logs with journalctl from there.

Unfortunately though the resolution of the text was such that I couldn't read most of it - it went off the screen. So that's a bit of a problem. I had the system start up to the default state and then I was able to look at the logs in Konsole - which was a lot nicer. Looks like the hard drive is on its way out the door.

I ran smartmon and double checked. So now I'm copying everything off that I might be worried about. (In addition to my normal backups. I like to do this just in case.) And I think I've found the Western Digital drive that I'll be buying to replace this Seagate drive that is toast.

From what I've read WD is much more reliable than Seagate. Though I can't complain. It is the original drive that came with the machine and I bought in 2010. I don't think 4 years is an impressive time for a drive to last but I don't think it is terrible either.

But kudos to Fedora for alerting me to the problem and giving me time to plan ahead. The system still seems to run fine, I'm typing this JE from it - but I know that this wont stay true. And probably I could route around the damage for a while but I'd rather not. Storage is too cheap nowadays. I'll be picking up another TB drive for about $50.

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Seagate - At least I got a heads up

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  • I'm considering a multicore chip with mondo RAM, mostly to do cloudy kinds of things without running up a big AWS bill.
    It did occur to me that, by pushing non-sensitive data to the cloud, though, one could really cut down on local storage requirements.
    • Unless you really don't care about the stuff, the "cloud" at best, is a secondary backup in case the house burns down. And the service isn't exactly 100% reliable either, or your internet provider. And for true peace of mind, TWO local backups are needed. Hard drives are just too randomly flaky. I've been burned by all brands. Luckily sometimes it's the enclosure that broke down.

      The "cloud" makes for a great courier service. I can upload straight to anybody who is synced to the same account, or it will be w

      • I'm mainly driving toward doing an AWS certification, but what I don't want to do is some kind of configuration boo-boo and get slapped with a $500 bill or something for random faffing about.
        I'm saying that the sunk costs of a phat box to try some of these stylings offline, then push the configuration to AWS, at least seems less risky.
  • That may vary on which model. Some years ago a friend of mine went through a whole box of WD disks in a year on a single machine.

  • by Chacham (981) *

    I wouldn't touch WD.

    WD basically invented the hard drive and used to be awesome. Then they started selling garbage. After having a number of their drives fail and seeing online reports of the same, i no longer consider them an option. Same story with Epson for printers. It make me wonder why these great companies decided to destroy the one thing they had: A brand that stood for quality.

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