: I just recently inherited a new Solaris Sparc-20 machine
: and the hard drive already has a failure.
: Using the analyze/read option of the format command,
: half the blocks on the disk come back with a
: 'Medium error during read: block xxxxx'.
: Some are repaired but most are not. Is there anything
: else I can do to fix this, or is the drive toast?
This is not the definitive answer, but it reminds me of the diagnostics
of another "inherited" Sun product in our lab. Out of five identical
machines, only one had no root password on it, and it was of course
this one that crashed first, before I could mount it successively as a
second disk on the other machines and erase each root password. Turned
out that the voice coil got misaligned and the drive was indeed
It has taken me up to eleven fsck's to "duct tape" a munched HD back
together again, but this sounds like a low-level problem. However,
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