*From the annoying-like-h**ll department*
After a nice weekend at my parents and hanging out with some old friends, one of which recently came back from a stay in Kunshan, China, I was greeted this morning when coming back home by a crashed hard drive on my laptop :/
It started out with things beginning to act irregular, and then after a reboot I was told the computer had been uncleanly shut down and was dropped into an fsck run that failed in flames with I/O errors and whatnot. I ran a manual fsck and actually got it to a state where I could boot it again, the kernel kept spewing I/O error messages and failing ioctl commands though. I managed to get some of the more important files off the drive and onto my USB stick. They were actually surprisingly few compared to last time I had a hard drive crash, which is a small consolation.
Having been through several hard drive crashes in the past, what pisses me off most about this one is not the loss of data but the fact that it’s just a 1 year old drive that is now failing, which I really think is crappy. But more importantly the annoyance of loosing time having to go hunt for a new drive and set up the system again; I really don’t have time for this right now. What’s also annoying is that for many many years I always had at least two computers at home, but since just a few months ago, the laptop has been all I have. And of course the Kubuntu CD I had laying around was scratched so I had to go to a friend to burn a new one.
Anyway, the machine is back to normal now and sounding like a cat from the make -j4 getting a dev env up again. Lessons learned; as always, keep a backup; make sure you have a working installation media for your OS of choice around, and consider having at least two computers in your home.
At the store, getting the replacement drive, I didn’t really care that much what I was getting and just picked something. On the way back I realize that it’s a 320 GB Wester Digital… I think it might actually be the exact same model that I had.. Stupid? ;)