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Date:      Sun, 5 Aug 2007 10:45:05 -0700 (PDT)
From:      Tim Judd <>
To:        Damian Vicino <>
Subject:   RE: Using Smart-Fail HD
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Message: 17
Date: Sat, 04 Aug 2007 18:00:07 -0300
From: Damian Vicino <>
Subject: Using Smart-Fail HD
To: FreeBSD Questions <>
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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
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

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.

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

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