Seagate Barracuda: 1.5TB Hard Drive Launched

Posted on in Categories Business, data center, Data recovery, File system, Hardware, Linux, Linux desktop, Storage, Sys admin, UNIX last updated October 21, 2008

Wow, this is a large size desktop hard disk for storing movies, tv shows, music / mp3s, and photos. You can also load multiple operating systems using vmware or other software for testing purpose. This hard disk comes with 5 year warranty and can transfer at 300MB/s. But, How reliable is the 1.5TB hard disk?

Track Stolen Laptop / Mac With Free Open Source Adeona Software

Posted on in Categories Download of the day, GNU/Open source, Links, Linux, Linux laptop, Networking, OS X, Windows, windows vista last updated September 25, 2008

With the growing ubiquity of, and user reliance on, mobile computing devices (laptops, PDAs, smart phones, etc.), loss or theft of a device is increasingly likely, disruptive, and costly. Using Adeona open source software you can track your stolen Mac / PC laptop running Windows or Linux operating system.

Humor: Unusual data disaster horror stories for 2007

Posted on in Categories Data recovery, Hardware, Humor last updated December 7, 2007

Ontrack data recovery service has posted unusual data disaster horror stories for 2007. From the article:

An ant-infested hard drive and a failing parachute top a list of data disaster horror stories for 2007.

The list, provided by Kroll Inc.’s Ontrack Data Recovery unit, illustrates some of the strangest and wackiest things that people put electronic storage devices through on a regular basis.

Putting drives in the washing machine. Using oil to stop them from squeaking. These are just two examples of the user bloopers the company’s engineers nominated for inclusion on the list. Remarkably, Kroll data recovery specialists were able to recover the data in both instances.

=> Most unusual data disaster horror stories for 2007 [ via slashdot ]

Does Ubuntu Linux kill / shorten hard disk life?

Posted on in Categories Ask nixCraft, File system, Hardware, Linux, Linux laptop, Ubuntu Linux last updated November 18, 2007

I got lots of emails asking about Ubuntu Linux and hard disk issue. Does it really shorten hard disk life?

Noop.

Unfortunately, some news and blogs reported news wrongly. Ubuntu doesn’t touch your hard drive power management settings by default. In almost all cases, it’s more likely to be your BIOS or the firmware on your hard drive (source).

Check out this official bug report for more information. On a related note, always consider backing up hard disk / data on regular basis.

Test If Linux Server SCSI / SATA Hard Disk Going Bad

Posted on in Categories CentOS, Debian Linux, File system, Gentoo Linux, Howto, Linux, Linux distribution, Sys admin, Tips, Troubleshooting, Ubuntu Linux last updated March 18, 2017

One of our regular sends us a question:

How can I test if my hard disk is going bad? I see few errors in /var/log/messages file.

I/O errors in /var/log/messages indicates that something is wrong with the hard disk and it may be failing.

You can check hard disk errors using smartctl command, which is control and monitor utility for SMART disks under Linux / UNIX like operating systems.