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Old 11-24-2009, 10:51 PM
"chamel"
 
Default failing hard disk

On Tue, 24 Nov 2009 23:36:27 +0000, John wrote
> Hello list,
>
> Is there anything I can do on ubuntu karmic with this disk? it is
> external, usb-connected. When I plug it in, the following is seen in
> /var/log/messages:
>
> ==> /var/log/messages <==
> Nov 24 16:26:28 john-laptop kernel: [11401.954471] usb 1-2:
> configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
> Nov 24 16:26:29 john-laptop kernel: [11402.022567] Initializing USB Mass
> Storage driver...
> Nov 24 16:26:29 john-laptop kernel: [11402.030085] scsi6 : SCSI
> emulation for USB Mass Storage devices
> Nov 24 16:26:29 john-laptop kernel: [11402.030781] usbcore: registered
> new interface driver usb-storage
> Nov 24 16:26:29 john-laptop kernel: [11402.030791] USB Mass Storage
> support registered.
> Nov 24 16:26:34 john-laptop kernel: [11407.281505] scsi 6:0:0:0:
> Direct-Access U I S H 2 2 A 0811 PQ: 0 ANSI: 0
> Nov 24 16:26:34 john-laptop kernel: [11407.284364] sd 6:0:0:0: Attached
> scsi generic sg2 type 0
> Nov 24 16:26:34 john-laptop kernel: [11407.297605] sd 6:0:0:0: [sdb]
> 2281292720 512-byte logical blocks: (1.16 TB/1.06 TiB)
> Nov 24 16:26:34 john-laptop kernel: [11407.304554] sd 6:0:0:0: [sdb]
> Test WP failed, assume Write Enabled
> Nov 24 16:26:34 john-laptop kernel: [11407.307051] sd 6:0:0:0: [sdb]
> Test WP failed, assume Write Enabled
>
> the red light goes on, as if it is seeking and stays on for about 10
> minutes. Then it goes off. The disk never gets mounted. It is never seen
> by 'palimpsest disk utility'. Is there anything else that might see it?
>
> cheers
>
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Looks to me, as if the kernel sees it... have you tried a manual mount? What sort of
disk, is it (i.e., 3.5" notebook, etc)?

Cheers

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Old 11-25-2009, 12:00 AM
James Michael Fultz
 
Default failing hard disk

* John <comp.john@googlemail.com> [2009-11-24 23:36 +0000]:
> Is there anything I can do on ubuntu karmic with this disk? it is
> external, usb-connected. When I plug it in, the following is seen in
> /var/log/messages:
[...]
> Nov 24 16:26:34 john-laptop kernel: [11407.307051] sd 6:0:0:0: [sdb]
> Test WP failed, assume Write Enabled
>
> the red light goes on, as if it is seeking and stays on for about 10
> minutes. Then it goes off. The disk never gets mounted. It is never seen
> by 'palimpsest disk utility'. Is there anything else that might see it?

Palimpsest uses SMART to report on disk vitality which is unfortunately
unsupported with USB-attached hard disks from what I've seen. If you
can remove the drive from its enclosure and attach it directly to the
ATA/SATA/SCSI interface, you may have better luck. Some manufacturers
such as Seagate have utilities for testing of their external drives.

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Old 11-25-2009, 12:17 AM
Roger Neth Jr
 
Default failing hard disk

On Tue, Nov 24, 2009 at 5:00 PM, James Michael Fultz <croooow@gmail.com> wrote:

* John <comp.john@googlemail.com> [2009-11-24 23:36 +0000]:

> Is there anything I can do on ubuntu karmic with this disk? it is

> external, usb-connected. When I plug it in, the following is seen in

> /var/log/messages:

[...]

> Nov 24 16:26:34 john-laptop kernel: [11407.307051] sd 6:0:0:0: [sdb]

> Test WP failed, assume Write Enabled

>

> the red light goes on, as if it is seeking and stays on for about 10

> minutes. Then it goes off. The disk never gets mounted. It is never seen

> by 'palimpsest disk utility'. Is there anything else that might see it?



>Palimpsest uses SMART to report on disk vitality which is unfortunately>
>unsupported with USB-attached hard disks from what I've seen. *If you

>can remove the drive from its enclosure and attach it directly to the

>ATA/SATA/SCSI interface, you may have better luck. *Some manufacturers

>such as Seagate have utilities for testing of their external drives.



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I've used this on ATA drives and perhaps a newer version works with you.

http://www.grc.com/sr/spinrite.htm

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Old 11-25-2009, 01:54 AM
"Mr. Teo En Ming (Zhang Enming)"
 
Default failing hard disk

You might want to do "badblocks /dev/sdb" without mounting the harddisk.


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