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Error reading block during fsck

Posted on 2004-04-27
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Today my Linux Box started a fsck automaticlly during boot.
Suddenly it sttoped with error:

Error reading block 13565971 (Attempt to read block from filesystem resulted in short read) while doing inode scan.

So, I entered maintenance mode in order to running fsck manually.

After fsck gave me the same error for blocks 13565971-83 and 13565985 with a option to ignore error, the one I choose.

My hard disk has a total of 18175539 blocks (80GB IDE Drive).

Is that a hardware (physical HD damage) error?
How can I be sure my data is safe?

I have received the same error before in another Linux Box, with another HD I had. How often do this occurr?
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You probably have a dead sector on your disk. It could mean your disk is on the way out, but maybe not :) I would take a backup of any important files anyway. You can use e2fsck with the -c option to mark the sectors as bad - otherwise every time fsck is run it will throw up the same error.
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How can i check the bad map sector if I need e2fsck -c another time?
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dumpe2fs -b will do that for you.
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