[mythtv-users] sluggish system, potential HD failure, and how best to get back up and runnin

Monkey Pet monkeypet at gmail.com
Tue Mar 4 18:56:51 UTC 2014

On Tue, Mar 4, 2014 at 8:01 AM, Gabe Rubin <gaberubin at gmail.com> wrote:

> My system was extremely non-responsive last night.  I saw these messages
> spammed to the console:
> systemd-journald failed to write entry ignoring read-only
> And when I tried to start up certain services like httpd, I saw these
> messages:
> Warning: Unit file of httpd.service changed on disk, 'systemctl --system
> daemon-reload' recommended.
> From some basic google searching, it appears these messages are symptoms
> of a hard drive going bad.  This is not that surprising that this HD would
> go bad because it is fairly old.
> So I am thinking of replacing it (unless anyone believes this indicates
> something that is not HD failing).  This HD contains the OS (Fedora) and
> database and all non-media files (I have all my recordings on a newer 2TB
> drive segregating the DB off that).  I had two questions:
> 1) Is getting a SSD worth it?  Will it speed up my performance?  Is there
> an issue with storing the DB and having the multiple writes that occur
> daily on the DB be on a SSD?
> 2) Assuming the dying drive is not dead yet, what is the easiest way to
> mirror the drive over to a new drive so I don't have to do a full
> re-install and set up (and remember) all my configurations.  Just setting
> up lirc can take a few hours, so I would prefer to avoid doing a reinstall
> of myth from scratch.

Last time my boot drive had bad sectors but still functioned, I booted from
a rescue image, used ddrescue to mirror the drive, then used fsck to check
the filesystem on the mirrored drive.

> Thanks in advance
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