Sunday, February 12
Not the controller.
The controller (a Highpoint Rocketraid 1640) was just being its usual persnickety self. One of the disks (Seagate Barracuda 200GB SATA) was on its way out, and failing intermittently. The Rocketraid controllers will detect the failure and then complain incessently about it, even if the disk comes back on line after a moment.
I know this, because it just stopped being intermittent. But not until after I'd finished backing everything up.
First time that's ever happened to me.
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I think you just violated Murphy's Law.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Monday, February 13 2006 01:43 AM (pqiW9)
Heh, reminds me of the one post-backup failure I ever had.
My company gave me an old laptop with 64MB of RAM onto which someone had foolishly installed Windows 2000, which had just come out at the time. The hard drive literally never stopped swapping
, because it was trying to run this gigantic buggy operating system out of virtual memory. As you can imagine, it didn't last long.
After a couple months of crashing semiweekly, it began making odd noises in addition to its usual excruciating slowness, so I started saving my code off onto floppies.
A couple hours after I finished, Windows locked up for the third time that day, losing me about half an hour of work. I was so enraged I pounded my fists on the casing, causing it to emit a small whine and a beep, and the laptop never booted up again.
I have no regrets (hey, I had backups).
Posted by: TallDave at Monday, February 13 2006 05:35 PM (H8Wgl)
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