Frustration with hardware

I’ve spent about 15 or so hours the last week setting up vmware server *just right* so that I could experiment with clustering software with the minimum amount of work per reconfigure.
I’ve documented almost all of it, but I hadn’t gotten ’round to backing up the vmware configs or filesystems yet.
My SSH session to the head node virtual machine died just now. Logging in to the host machine, I found out why:
clusterhead01:~> sudo tcsh
Password:
clusterhead01:~# /etc/init.d/vmware start
/etc/init.d/vmware: Input/output error.
clusterhead01:~# df -h
/bin/df: Input/output error.
clusterhead01:~# dmesg
/bin/dmesg: Input/output error.
clusterhead01:~#
So I figured I’d shut it down:
clusterhead01:~# halt -p
/sbin/halt: Input/output error.
clusterhead01:~#
Well, fortunately, as my co-workers can no doubt attest, I’m religious about updating RTs, so at least I’ve got my thought process as I reasoned out how to do the last few hours of work.
But I hate redoing work. With a passion. Looks like I’m going to get to. The other disk in this system died as I was installing it. This system is one of about half a dozen that were purchased all at the same time, and every single hard drive (Western Digital 160gb) has been replaced at least once. I should have taken the hint.
Grrr.
And why, yes, it is 11 on a Friday night, and I’m doing this stuff. So what? I had a few beer earlier, and I got bored.

2 Replies to “Frustration with hardware”

  1. Dude, I am having the same, via ssh. Now I am scared, because I too have some WD disks in this machine. Raid1, hopefully I can rescue one….
    Not the first time I’m afraid. Had this 2 years ago and should have learned from that. Western Digital disks are about the most unreliable I have ever seen.
    Oh well, I guess I can stay up all night after I get back fom work.

  2. All manufacturers suck. ~17 years spent with PCs for me, and I’ve seen or had failed disks from every major manufacturer – Fujitsu, IBM, Western Digital, Quantum (before the buyout), JTS, Champ (ok, none of those were good), Seagate… you name it.
    Good luck with your RAID.

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