The userspace freezes when you try to access a disk? Why not put the offending disk into the freezer?! Try this one weird trick! Seagate hates it.
dd_rescue for the rescue
@uint8_t I remember an occurrence when I was admin in my old high school. We had to power down the server for some maintenance. After the maintenance window the system hard disk wasn't detected anymore – at least not until we heated it up with a hairdryer. Probably something about old capacitors ^^
@uint8_t i am never gonna touch a seagate disk ever again
actually i'd prefer to never touch mechanical drives again
@aurelia I can't afford the luxury of storing bulk data on SSDs. For sequential IO they have OK performance, and the specific cost of HDDs is still less than half of SSDs. Of course I would never install a system on a HDD.
@uint8_t oh no. but did your rescue work?
@daniel_bohrer it's still running! 18.8% done, one more day to go.
@uint8_t oh okay! best of all lucks further on!
@uint8_t Wait, that trick still does work with current hard disks? Last I had to use it was 23 years ago ^^
@anathem apparently it does! When it stops working, a power cycling usually helps. Maybe I could put a fan over it. (I wasn't able to find my DC Jack-to-fan adapter)
i've learned the hard way about modern Seagate drives
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