Debian Hardware :: Getting A WD10EARS 4k-sector Disk To Work Properly As A Secondary Under Etch?
Apr 12, 2010
Is there any hope of getting a WD10EARS 4k-sector disk to work properly as a secondary under Etch? Just wondered if anyone had a fix before I RMA and return it as "Not suitable for purpose" WD say it should be OK with linux. But it ain't. It gives very poor perfromance, with a lot of hesitation. The issue is apparently one of sector boundaries, but the exact details are extremely complex.
I have a machine that has an integrated USB flash drive somewhere in it that I can not seem to mount. The OS knows it is there, as I can see it in the dmesg output, but the actual "node" in /dev doesn't actually exist. I'm baffled. Will you help me figure this out? Here's what I came up with so far. The disk is attached to the USB bus, used as a SCSI block device. In dmesg, it is referred to at one point as sdf, as well as under /sys/class/scsi_device. When I go check /dev, /dev/sdf does not exist!:
tried to to run apt-get update (under Debian Etch)but it does not workI get the output (see apt_get_output.txt)I also tried running apt-get upgrade first, but that did not change anything.My sources list looks like (see sources.txt)
I have a small project that I am trying to do for my job to help us out. Basically, I need to make a tool that lets me view all the sectors of a hard drive in hexadecimal format to make sure they are all zero after a low-level format. I need it to be very minimal, and display the data in a way that I can scroll down and skim through the sectors. Doesn't have to be pretty, just functional.I need it to do more things down the road, but this is the first hurdle I need to overcome. I would like to create a GUI interface so it looks nice, but first I am only concerned with the sector viewing function. I am not entirely sure where I should start.
I see there is a tool called dd I could use to read the hard drive and I am wondering if I need to use that, or if I can just open /dev/hda as a file and be able to view all the sectors that way.Also, just to clarify, I am wanting to write this tool for linux,specifically DSL. I need it to be a very small distribution that can be loaded quickly from a usb drive, cd, or over the network with PXE.
I was using the disk utility on Ubuntu 10.04 and wanted to make by 500GB external NTFS formatted USB drive into 1 x 50GB FAT32 and 1 x 450GB NTFS. I clicked the option that said format or create a partition and it basically wiped the whole thing in a split second leaving me with 500GB of seemingly empty space. Obviously the files are still there but I cannot boot the drive to view anything. I have downloaded testdisk, but don't know how to use it, but I am sure there is a relatively simple solution here. I am currently repairing the boot sector of the drive as Test Disk showed the drive as "no type" i.e. not FAT/NTFS/ext4 etc., but shows the correct amount of used space though, but I cannot view anything err go, I cannot use the undelete command as yet.
I have three disk in my system. One SATA (250GB) and two SCSI (73GB) disks. The Two SCSI disks were installed originally and RHEL3 is installed on it. The SATA disk is installed a few years later with RHEL5. As you can see below, the boot sector is still on one of the SCSI disks (sdb1).
2 months ago, I built a dedicated backup server using 4 2TB SATA drives for software RAID5 (6TB total). A few days ago, smartd sent out mail saying it found an unreadable sector on one of the drives. I ran selftest using smartctl and the error persisted. So far, neither software RAID nor ext4fs running on top of the RAID volume have reported errors.
MOST OPTIMISTIC: It is normal to have a few bad sectors among billions. Software RAID takes care of alternatives. Keep using the system until RAID spits a more serious warning in the future.
MOST PESSIMISTIC: It is a really bad sign to lead a disaster. No good disk drive should have bad sectors especially when it is only 2 months old. The error is simply not detected by software RAID and ext4. Replace the drive immediately and return the bad drive to the supplier.
In the past I have been able to succesfully install ubuntu on several external usb drives with up to 500gb in size.Now I am trying to install a copy of ubuntu 10.10 on an external usb iomega 1tb eGo drive but I am having major issues.The installer reports the total disk size as only 124 gb, instead of the 998gb that gParted reports for the same disk. Proceeding with "use the full disk" installs ok, but it doesn't boot.Grub2 reports that it cannot find the kernel.After some desperate attempts to repartition and after some googling I think that the issue may be with the sector size, which fdisk -l reports as 4096kb (all my other drivers report 512kb) and I have the impression that linux is not ready for it (or I lack the knowledge, which seems more likely).I have also tried to install fedora 14. This distribution reports the correct disk size, installs properly, but again, it cannot boot (Fedora uses grub, not grub2), with a very similar message to the grub2 installer.Because of the way I work, I need my external usb drive to be able to boot linux. And I find it difficult to believe that linux doesn't handle 4096kb sector disks, so here I am asking for help . Please note I am not a linux expert.
I am "old" Linux user. I use Debian with satisfaction on my old PC for many years. I have a new notebook: HP Envy 17 j112nl :
main characteristics: - Intel® Core™ i7-4710MQ con scheda grafica Intel HD 4600 (2,5 GHz, 6 MB di cache, 4 core) - 12 GB di SDRAM DDR3L a 1600 MHz (1 x 4 GB, 1 x 8 GB) - NVIDIA GeForce 840M (2 GB of DDR3) - Backlit keyboard --> good work "out of the box" ! - Fingerprint readers - Beats Audio™ with 4 speakers + 2 subwoofer
Of course i have install Debian 8 Jessie (Testing - AMD64).The main problem of this notebook is "Beats Audio" Chip IDT 92HD91BXX. After install Debian use by default only the base ones: no subwoofer, URL...
Some other info about my hardware:
Code: Select all$ lspci |grep -i Audio 00:03.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation Xeon E3-1200 v3/4th Gen Core Processor HD Audio Controller (rev 06) 00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 8 Series/C220 Series Chipset High Definition Audio Controller (rev 05)
I've been running various releases of Suse Linux on my home PC for about 6 years (currently running Suse 11.2). The old hard disk in that machine is starting to experience read errors, so I bought a new disk to put into the PC which otherwise works fine.
So I figure now is a good time to give Ubuntu a try. I plan to install the KDE version of ubuntu on the new drive, but once that's finished I will want to mount the old disk and copy as much as I can off of it onto the new disk (JPEGs, old documents, stuff under my home directory.
The old disk uses Reiser. I have read various threads concerning problems with mounting Reiser FS disks under ubuntu, but many of them are old so it's not clear to me what the current status of support for Reiser in ubuntu is.
I am planning to do the following:
1) Remove the old disk from the PC, put the new disk in its place.
2) Install kubuntu on the new disk.
3) Put the old disk back into the machine along with the new one with the old one being the slave/secondary disk so that when I power up the machine, it will be running ubuntu off of the new disk.
At this point I will want to mount the old disk so I can then start copying files off of it.
What do I need to do to mount the old disk, keeping in mind it uses the Reiser file system?
I have an old compaq pressario (with a compaq cd/dvd player + HP cd writer/Reader) with Debian Etch and a gnome desktop, and I would like to extract the mp3 dvd a friend gave me (He made it from bittorrent). On a XP box the cd is played without problem but I would like to extract and play each song on Etch. I have Sound juicer which works allright for usual audio cd but not with this mp3 thing. I have tried to define a new profile with params I have found on the net for mp3 but up to now without success. I even don't know if it's a problem of hardware being too old, or if I could solved this with the appropriate software
The problem is that the above resolv.conf file doesnt work anymore. The only way that our workstations get name resolution is by commenting out the second and forth lines, which happen to be our secondary DNS. This has got me confused because why would resolv.conf be broken by having a secondary nameserver and search path? Shouldnt it just use the first nameserver unless it fails to resolve? Almost seems like just having the secondary in the file breaks name resolution. I cant ping local hosts or anything on the internet unless I do this:
Everything worked fine until very recently, and without apparently ANY change to the settings on the server, a secondary IP that was assigned to my server won't work anymore..Any IP attached to the same server works fine.. So in my case, the problematic IP is 184.108.40.206. The other IP (220.127.116.11) works without any problem.How would I go about troubleshooting this?
ifconfig: eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:26:B9:44:11:3A inet addr:18.104.22.168 Bcast:22.214.171.124 Mask:255.255.255.128 inet6 addr: fe80::226:b9ff:fe44:113a/64 Scope:Link UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
For archiving purposes, I am looking for the different (Gnome, KDE, Xfce) live CD images of the last revision (9) of Etch. I want a copy of them to compare how the system and the desktop environment have evolved in the last couple of years. Actually, I would also like to have live CD images of older releases, but I don't know if they exist.
I need to install Etch (not Lenny ) over the internet - but all my mirrors won't even entertain me. Is there a way to still install Etch over the 'net - as opposed to Lenny? I need Etch because of some specific software I am running - and I have to PXE boot (I've used the Etch netboot.tar.gz files).
I have recently started working on our server. My knowledge about *nix systems is very limited, so I turn to the oh-so-friendly internet community for help.The server is running Debian Etch, postfix, courier and some other stuff. And suddenly out of the blue the emails from the internet are not being received. Emails being sent internally are being received and everyone can browse the internet.Host or domain name not found. Name service error for na$for name=xxx.xxx.xx.xx.list.dsbl.org type=A: Host not found, try again.Does anyone have any experience with something like this? I would love to get this thing fixed.
I am renting a virtual server which is running Linux Debian Etch. I have access through the root account.
I am very new to virtual servers, and also very new to Debian Etch. I am happy I found this forum when trying to research on the Internet.
The things I need to know are: - Comes Debian Etch with a GUI (graphical user interface) which I can use on the rented virtual server? - And if not, I would like to ask the community here if there are any GUIs which I could install to that server, and how?
I want to be able to access the server in a much easier way than to have to type each command. I want to use that server to host domains, as soon as I am more self-confident with Debian Etch.