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I was rsync’ing data from one system to another, and the recipient suddenly started throwing DRDY errors. Now, it’s a fairly new WD Red 3TB, and I’d think it was just a bad drive… but I’m really confused by this, from the logs:
Jun 15 15:34:43 kernel: ata3: SError: { Dispar }

Dispar? And googling, every reference I find to that word always has something else there.

System’s running 5.11. Filesystem’s xfs.

Any thoughts?

mark

6 thoughts on - Drive Problem

  • dispar = disparity

    different, dissimilar, not same, unequal, unlike.

    what is/are complete line/s that show dispar err?

    your drive may be flaking.

    back up drive with errs, run a non destructive test on drive.

    do you have smartd running? if so, check /var/log/messages or
    /var/log/syslog.

    if you are not running smartd, start running smartd.

    read:
    man smartd
    man smartctl
    man update-smart-drivedb

  • > When I put that disk into another machine then it was working fine
    > without any problem.

    It’s something to consider… but I can’t do that easily. This is a server that’s been running for years, and is in use, and it’s a hot-swap bay.

    mark

  • Then it also could be caused by a micro crack on a backplane.

    Valeri

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    Valeri Galtsev Sr System Administrator Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics University of Chicago Phone: 773-702-4247
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  • Valeri Galtsev wrote:

    It was working fine before I put in the 3TB drive earlier this year, and I
    haven’t had any trouble at all with it until yesterday, when I started copying a lot of data to a not-much-used disk.

    mark

  • Then I would agree, cable is much more like reason than (microcrack in)
    backplane. Cable may have just marginally insufficient bandwidth, whereas microcrack effect is usually (but not always) “more fatal”.

    Does drive plug in into connector nice and smoothly, and tray moves into hotswap bay smoothly? When you plug the drive, you usually can feel when connector plugs in, and drive usually moved further in more than 1/16 of an inch (or more than 2 mm). This is usually sufficient for good connection.

    How about sticking drive into different machine and trying to mount filesystem there? Any Linux workstation you have around may do.

    The last of wild guesses: could it be that the PS of the box in question is marginally insufficient in power? This tends to show up on machines that run well for years even if you didn’t change anything, and the reason maybe one of two: electrolytic capacitor loose to some extent their capacitance with age, and hard drive with age start drawing more power. Could your new big drive push your box in that direction?

    Good luck!

    Valeri

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    Valeri Galtsev Sr System Administrator Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics University of Chicago Phone: 773-702-4247
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