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Message: 17
Date: Sat, 04 Aug 2007 18:00:07 -0300
From: Damian Vicino <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Subject: Using Smart-Fail HD
To: FreeBSD Questions <freebsd-questions@freebsd.org>
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Hello.
Im Having FBSD running in a P3 with 4.3GB HD, and got 2 extra 80GBs HD 
that fails the SMART check.
I did a full HD scan with tools provided by the HD's developers and
 over 
90% of the HDs are safe.
I want to use those HD for home of the lowrank users, and keep the 
critical data in the 4GB HD.
Do u know any pretty safe FS for this kind of unstable hardware, i was 
thinking in something with software RAID maybe.
Thanks for any suggestion, im pretty new on FBSD world (and 
english-speak world too).
BTW, if the solution can be applied to DFBSD, it will be very nice, 
becouse i got another machine P1 runnning it, and all HDs i can get for
 
it use to have a lot of failures already.
See ya
Sdäv
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Damian, You might find Steve Gibson's SpinRite a really useful
purchase.  It recovers most drives it works on, and a single purchase
can be use on any of your personal drives.  It is it's own bootable
floppy or CD, and works very well.

http://www.grc.com/sr/spinrite.htm

I recommend using that now, and then tread lightly until you feel
confident about the drives again.

If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door.
"I can" is a way of life.
More and Bigger is not always Better.
The road to success is always uphill.


      
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