I’m looking at error messages from dban, SliTaz, the i586 version of Crux and the Debian network installer and they’re all telling me that the hard drive in the ugly little laptop has finally surrendered.
It was a good run. For a 5Gb, 4200rpm drive that was about 8 years old, I could hardly expect more. This one had definitely reached the end of its life expectancy. Looking back, even in the six months I owned that drive (it was a transplant from the Thinkpad which I bought in September), I must have gone through close to 30 reinstalls, just as many erasures, and add to that the workload of building, compiling, writing and reading regularly. It’s no wonder it died.
This new development does put me in an odd place though. Now I lack a hard drive for a machine I wanted to use for testing for the next few weeks, and will probably need to buy a new one locally. That means it will probably be oversized, and my fear is that it might be incompatible with the BIOS. I guess there’s only one way to find out.
On the other hand, it is rather suspicious that I’ve had two hard drive failures in the past nine months. Maybe it’s bad luck. Or at least, I hope that’s all it is.