An attention bubble tells me "delayed write fail, data has been lost" during the nightly backup.
"Hmmm", I think to myself.
I reboot the machine, it sticks at the cmos splash screen. Reboot again, it sticks at the desktop wallpaper (but no icons or task bar). Reboot again, and it's up and running. Try to re-run the backup, system spontaneously reboots and kicks off CHKDSK where errors are found.
I make multiple copies of stuff that's normally backed up every night (svn, source code, hulver, my own sites, a few other things) and try to get it running smoothly. The system spontaneously reboots twice during the process, but was able to doubly backup everything. (The nightly backups are pretty comprehensive, so I doubt any data was lost, but better safe than sorry, you know.)
I downloaded the Western Digital SMART disk checker thing and ran it. The "short exam" showed no errors. The "extended exam" is running now.
Wherein lies the problem. It's now 3:00 PM local time. Estimated completion of the extended exam is 19 hours from how. I leave for the airport at 8:00 AM tomorrow morning (about 18 hours from now).
I don't know what the problem is. System error log tells me "atapi did not respond before timeout" and at least at one point the drive disappeared from the drive list on MyComputer. I'm hoping it's a bad sector and the Extended Exam will route around it.
But it's equally possible that it's something else in which case I'll have to replace the drive.
What this means to you is that there's the possibility that hulver.panograph.net may not be available until late next week. Should the system crash, I won't be back here to deal with it until at least Tuesday. It might be available for the whole time, but maybe not. Who knows.
So if you're trying to upload something for a *FC and can't, just be patient and wait for further word.
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