[Systems] Ailing drive on housetree

Chris Ball cjb at laptop.org
Fri Nov 11 23:25:32 EST 2011

Hi Bernie,

On Fri, Nov 11 2011, Bernie Innocenti wrote:
> Today I finally figured out why housetree was reporting high load
> occasionally without any apparent activity on the VMs.
> It turns out that sdb is dying, and we didn't even have smartd running.
> Luckily, sdb is part of RAID1 arrays with triple-redundancy. We could
> continue operating with 2 drives for some time, but I'd feel safer if we
> replaced the drive as soon as possible. After all, the remaining drives
> are the same model and have been operating for the same amount of time
> (806 days).

Dumb question for my own curiosity: what in the smartctl output tells you
that the disk is failing, compared to when run against the other disks?


- Chris.
Chris Ball   <cjb at laptop.org>   <http://printf.net/>
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