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Old 12-20-2010, 04:42 PM
Curt Howland
Default 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)


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