Joel Uckelman on Wed, 14 Apr 2004 09:09:06 -0500 (CDT)

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[hosers-announce] click of death

Just now while I was checking my mail the hard drive on charybdis began to 
click violently, which clicking ceased only with cutting the power to the 
machine. In my experience, this is inevitably the harbinger of the 
catastrophic mechanical failure of the drive.

Fortunately, I keep nightly backups of charybdis, and so the potential for 
data loss is minimal. But I won't have time to swap out the disk until 
tomorrow evening, so please back up any files that you couldn't bear to 
loose which you've altered since 4am CDT today, until such time as I 
replace the failing disk.

(Note that this process will eliminate the spareness of my spare drive. If 
anyone has a spare spare drive, which they might spare to become my new 
spare drive, it would be appreciated. Having a spare drive on hand helps me 
keep downtime to a minimum.)


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