[Techtalk] finding bad files

rudy at grumpydevil.homelinux.org rudy at grumpydevil.homelinux.org
Tue Apr 14 17:06:43 UTC 2015

On 14 April 2015 09:23:44 CEST, Wim De Smet <kromagg at gmail.com> wrote:
>On Tue, Apr 14, 2015 at 12:22 AM Miriam English
><mim at miriam-english.org>
>> The drive may be failing, though it isn't terribly old and being an
>> external drive I only connect and switch it on when I actually need
>> read or write data from/to it. The data may have become affected
>> one of the very frequent blackouts we have here. Or I wonder if dust
>> the USB connectors could have damaged the data, though I think that
>> use checksums to guard against that. Looks like I'll have to save the
>> money to buy another 2 terabyte (or larger) drive. (I wish solid
>> drives would get cheaper more quickly.)
>Sometimes a younger drive fails prematurely. The rated lifetime is kind
>statistical, most drives last far longer, some die sooner. Though it
>like it's just normal file system corruption from power failure.
>> I used to have an uninterruptible power supply, but it got destroyed
>> while back when lightning struck while I was shutting everything down
>> because I heard a storm approaching. Since then I've become a big fan
>> ultra-low-power computing and want to move entirely to solar panels
>> batteries in the near future. I'm sick of having thousands of dollars
>> computers and other equipment destroyed by the electrical grid over
>> years.
>In the meantime, surge protector power strips may be a good investment?
>They're comparatively cheap and I've heard good things. It might help
>avoid damage to components when the grid has issues.

Surge protectors are worth their money. Better replace a surge protector or even a ups then the equipment they protect.

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