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Post by Dale O Sea » 04-26-2013 05:17 PM

No great loss if i had to dump all the tv shows and start over..wife said to only try to save Grimm..
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Post by Dale O Sea » 04-26-2013 05:53 PM

lotta errors..:(
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Post by Fan » 04-26-2013 10:35 PM

If the disk is failing formatting it is a bad idea, it does a lot of writes and so on.

You should open "disk utility" in ubuntu, you can search for palimpsest I believe it is called. Click your drive on the left and then choose to view SMART data. Look for sector allocation errors, any errors. This will tell you if the disk is dying.

I only skimmed through the thread, sorry I was late seeing this. Just for the future, I don't get thread notifications unless I post in a thread so give me aheads up email at webmaster@fantasticforum.com if there is something I should see.

Let me know if you work stuff out properly, you can also chat me if I am online. I may not be too much tomorrow but will check email.

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Post by megman » 04-26-2013 11:17 PM

Maybe try running a LiveCD like Knoppix and see if you can get to your HD.
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Post by megman » 04-27-2013 12:29 AM

Are you sure it's not a PICNIC?
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Post by Dale O Sea » 04-27-2013 01:23 PM

I got it, finally. Windows Media Center and all. But now the system and the TV storage drive are the same and I now have noticeable slow downs. But seems to work fine.
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Post by Dale O Sea » 04-27-2013 01:39 PM

My last attempt at using the original system disk seem great. I had let Ubuntu Drive Utility that Fan mention check it and it said it was good, same as Windows' chkdsk and 2 other hard dish utils, including spinrite on recovery mode. I think the missed detection of a bad drive by so many may be poor SMART support - I saw only 2-3 SMART criteria that were checked and those were good.

I find it odd that this WD Caviar Blue 320GB drive tested fine, installed the media fine and I got all my data from it with absolutely no problems and would even run windows in safe mode fine as that's where I was able to read the logs. And even when spinrite was scanning it only got to 35C. It only went south after downloading all the windows updates. I have all of those installed on this drive with no issues and they were on the other one before it quit, also. I left off one, for my tuner card - could have been the culprit, maybe..?

I don't think the drive is complete trash, but a hinky hdd is not what you want in a system you need - or any for that matter.

I'll put it back in and try the program Fan suggested above but this will do for now. . Will PVR the wife's shows just fine this way.

Thanks for all the suggestions. :)
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Post by megman » 04-27-2013 02:24 PM

Windows by no means has efficient disk management skills. I always use Fix it Utilities by Avanquest.

As a side note, it's always a good idea to have a Linux LiveCD handy even for troubleshooting Linux issues. At least it's always been my experience over the last decade or so.

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Post by megman » 04-27-2013 03:59 PM

But hey what do I know. I'm old school Linux. None of this click, install and run. Tarballs and gZip. Learned with command line and have let my computer skillz really slack off over the years.:crazyjump
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Post by Fan » 04-27-2013 05:51 PM

megman wrote: But hey what do I know. I'm old school Linux. None of this click, install and run. Tarballs and gZip. Learned with command line and have let my computer skillz really slack off over the years.:crazyjump
Many distros such as slackware, gentoo and (sort-of) Arch still do things this way, and on any modern distro you can still install stuff that way. This is the beauty of a stable platform, things don't get taken out that work.
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Post by megman » 04-27-2013 06:18 PM

I still have a disk around here for UNIX and RHSL also. Only way it works, but I haven't touched it for so long it's almost Greek now.
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Post by Dale O Sea » 04-28-2013 11:03 AM

megman wrote: Maybe try running a LiveCD like Knoppix and see if you can get to your HD.
Oh, I got linux - most come live.

I'm downloading ubu 13.xx now so I can kill two birds with one stone:
  1. Fix grub so I again have a linux option when I boot
  2. Upgrade from ubu 12 lts.
My linux store (I have other disks and usb drives here and there)- most are ubuntu but there's Suse, Knoppix, Slacker, Mint, Puppy, Red Hat, PCLinuxOS...:
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Post by TABwebmaster » 08-18-2013 03:41 PM

Ahoy, Dale, megman, Fan, SquidInk! How have you been?

I see you're talking about Linux. I haven't touched it for quite some time. I loved it when I did but have grown used to Windows 7 at home and work.

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Post by SquidInk » 08-18-2013 04:02 PM

Hiya TAB! Welcome home.

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Post by turtle101 » 09-07-2013 04:55 PM

I need a better internet connection. maybe online. but I have no land line phone. this is how bad it is FF is the only site I can get on without waiting an hour to load up. I really need help on this. cant even get Art radio show. wont download at all. I have virgin mobile right now and it sucks. nothing in my area except cable. cant get att. they say there's nothing open. so if anyone has any ideas PLEASE! help.:D :D :D
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