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By ad hoc (Wed Mar 10, 2010 at 02:46:45 PM EST) (all tags)
Something you should know

Update [2010-3-11 14:43:25 by ad hoc]: The extended test failed overnight with "too many errors" so the site will not be available until I get back next week.

So I get up this morning, and I look at my server (the one hosting and see the disk activity light solid ON.

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 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.


< I walk in the room. | I am sick. >
Attention *FC participant infidels | 6 comments (6 topical, 0 hidden)
Thanks. by ana (4.00 / 2) #1 Wed Mar 10, 2010 at 02:53:09 PM EST
And based on previous *FCs, nobody much does anything til deadline time anyway.

Go. Have fun. Sweat it not. We'll survive til you get back.

"And this ... is a piece of Synergy." --Kellnerin

So the hard drive crashed, hard, and you have by wiredog (4.00 / 1) #2 Wed Mar 10, 2010 at 03:11:23 PM EST
multiple complete backups, ensuring no data was lost?

Hmmm. I'm pretty sure this is one of the Signs of the Apocalypse.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

S'Okay! by ammoniacal (4.00 / 2) #3 Wed Mar 10, 2010 at 03:18:56 PM EST
Have a good trip!

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

Thanks for providing the server by Scrymarch (4.00 / 1) #4 Wed Mar 10, 2010 at 07:23:57 PM EST
Good to hear things are backed up.

Iambic Web Certified

thanks for the heads up by Kellnerin (4.00 / 1) #5 Wed Mar 10, 2010 at 10:07:02 PM EST
and for maintaining more robust hosting for *FCs than I think anyone had any right to expect!

Have a great trip. If we have to hold on to our brilliant creations for a few days, well, worse things have happened.

"Plans aren't check lists, they are loose frameworks for what's going to go wrong." -- technician

I had nothing to do with this. by technician (4.00 / 1) #6 Wed Mar 10, 2010 at 10:13:59 PM EST
(Also, don't worry about it and if you need hardware let me know)

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