[plug] Weird system pause - please help!

Brad Campbell brad at fnarfbargle.com
Sun May 25 03:59:09 UTC 2014

On 24/05/14 10:35, Marcus Holmes wrote:
> yes, looks like a hdd problem.
> syslog has a set of these entries for each pause:
> ata1.00: failed command: READ FPDMA QUEUED
> ata1.00: cmd 60/48:00:f0:ce:8a/00:00:4d:00:00/40 tag 0 ncq 36864 in
> res 51/40:48:f0:ce:8a/00:00:4d:00:00/40 Emask 0x409 (media error) <F>
> ata1.00: status: { DRDY ERR }
> and the SMART diagnostics for the drive report a bad sector pending.
> Damn, looks like I'm spending the weekend zerofilling and reinstalling
> *sigh*.

I'd just boot systemrescuecd, take an rsync backup onto some other 
media, then zero-fill and restore backup. Re-installing is one of those 
things best left to about once a decade (if that).

Heck, when I buy a new desktop or laptop, I just rsync the old one 
across and alter the hardware config (if required).

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