Minutes from the Technical Board, 2008-07-15
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Tue Aug 19 22:43:16 UTC 2008
On 20/08/08 05:39, Mackenzie Morgan wrote:
> On Tue, Aug 19, 2008 at 5:32 PM, Andrew Sayers
> <andrew-ubuntu-devel at pileofstuff.org> wrote:
>> I think there's an elephant in this room - why are we running fsck at all?
>> b) If it's to check for dying hardware, it can be disabled for all
>> but the oldest hard drives, and even then is better replaced with a
>> badblocks check run while booting continues
> Define "oldest," please. I actually think SMART (and a GUI to handle
> it, if one doesn't exist) is rather important. Bad Blocks may not
> tell you much nowadays, but SMART can tell you when sectors have been
> reallocated, hinting at a dying drive. The disk I replaced in January
> after SMART flagged it was 18 months old.
If you recall the google research about hard drive failures you will
have remembered that SMART is no indication of impending failure.
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