Swap File Partition and Disk Drive Light
Posted on 1998-02-18
I installed a quite old version of Red Hat Linux about 6 months ago. I noticed that the Hard Disk Light was always on, but since there did not seem to be any actual access of the Disk I did not worry about it too much. I also heard
various explanations, the most plausible of which seemed to be that there was a bug in the Disk Controller Software.
Anyway, I upgraded to Red hat ver 5 a couple of days ago. I still have the disk light problem but when I run XWindows, (i.e. the version that came with Red Hat 5) there is a Control Panel Program which has an option called "System Configuration". When that is activated it reports "Partition /dev/hda2 seems to have been deleted. Shall I remove it from
Regardless of whether I say Yes or No to this prompt. If I then close the System Configuration Application, the hard Disk Light always goes out and stays out for the duration of the session (except for when the system needs to legitimately read something from the hard disk).
Note also that if I edit fstab to take out the /dev/hda2 i.e the swap partition, it always reappears in fstab.
Does anyone have any ideas/suggestions/comments as to what is happening and more importantly, can they tell me how
to fix the problem permanentlyand correctly?