Fun with DVD-RAM
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Having fun with DVD-RAM. Well, no, it's not fun.
Disk errors. Lost files. It's also mind-bendingly SLOW! But slow would
be something I'd put up with, if it weren't for the disk errors.
Obviously, I bought bad disks. Oh well, I've only lost a few old
photographs and one unimportant backup file from 2001, however
DVD-RAM was touted to me as "archival" quality. Blah.
This was an interesting error during my efforts:
# fsck /dev/sr0
fsck from util-linux-ng 2.17.2
fsck: fsck.udf: not found
fsck: Error 2 while executing fsck.udf for /dev/sr0
Is there a way to do a file system check on a UDF disk?
Next, while I realize that UDF "spreads the writes around" and makes
the disks last longer, I am using them for long-term archive rather
than something like a daily backup. Is there a reason anyone can
think of for not reformatting in ext2 or some other "fsck-able"
format? (I know not to use a journaling file system, because of the
myriad rewrites of the journal itself)
Those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end,
for they do so with the approval of their consciences.
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