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    Re: large ext HDD problem that nobody seems to be able to help?!

    Quote Originally Posted by CharlesA View Post
    I use ext4 on all my hard drives. GPT is just a special partition type, which allows partitions larger than 2TB (which is the limit of MBR partitions).

    You should be able to create the partitions in gparted with little problem.
    Well that's exactly what I did last time. First I started to copy some of my backed up files and checked if everything was ok. I also did a restart on my desktop to see if everything was ok.

    I had already copied over 100GB and I was happy that everything worked. Then I copied bigger files/data (folders with subfolfers etc) and when I was about 500GB and restarted my desktop again, I had these problems again...

    Can it be that some of my files have a problem? But then again, why doesn't the problem appear on the other disks too?

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    Re: large ext HDD problem that nobody seems to be able to help?!

    Unknown but if it shows the same problems after copying data to it, I would look into RMAing it or at least not storing any data on it until it is replaced.
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    Re: large ext HDD problem that nobody seems to be able to help?!

    What exactly is RMAing? I have no idea.

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    Re: large ext HDD problem that nobody seems to be able to help?!

    Quote Originally Posted by funked up View Post
    What exactly is RMAing? I have no idea.
    Returning it to the manufacturer. Most of the external drives I've seen carry at least a 1 year warranty, so if the drive is new, you might be able to get it replaced.
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    Re: large ext HDD problem that nobody seems to be able to help?!

    I've been running sudo badblocks -wsv /dev/sdXY for almost 100 hours now.
    Til now there's no error found using the first 2 patterns (0xaa and 0x55). It might take a few more days til it's done...
    Do you think I should leave it ending the test or should I just do a new format?

    As I said before I think that there's nothing wrong with the drive cause I've been using it for a couple of years without any problems.
    The problems appeared as soon as I did the first format 2 weeks ago.

    Any suggestions?

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    Re: large ext HDD problem that nobody seems to be able to help?!

    Just let it finish. On the larger drives it takes a LONG time. After if finishes reformat the drive and try again.
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    Re: large ext HDD problem that nobody seems to be able to help?!

    It finished. NO problems were found with every 4 patterns. So I formated it again with gparted (GPT, ext4) and started to copy back files on the disk.
    I also did some restart several times to my computer. Some with unmounting it and some with not unmounting it and everything worked fine. Til now!
    I did a restart to my desktop (without unmounting any of my external drives). At shut down and start up I noticed a message which showed up for about 2 sec so I can't tell you what it said, but it was something like "could not........HID..." and at start up something like "wrong/bad argument.... /sdd drive...."

    So the same problem is back again! Only to this drive.
    Could it be that there's a problem with Ubuntu handling large partitions?
    I know there are lots of issues online similar to my problem but noone seems to have a clear solution.

    Should I go back to FAT32 and back up alla other files that are not over 4GB? That's quite a joke though having a 3TB disk that can handle only 4GB files...

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    Re: large ext HDD problem that nobody seems to be able to help?!

    Post these if sdd or change to your drive.

    sudo parted /dev/sdd unit s print
    sudo gdisk -l /dev/sdd
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    Re: large ext HDD problem that nobody seems to be able to help?!

    Quote Originally Posted by oldfred View Post
    Post these if sdd or change to your drive.

    sudo parted /dev/sdd unit s print
    sudo gdisk -l /dev/sdd
    Here's the output of: sudo parted /dev/sdd unit s print
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    Model: Hitachi HDS5C3030ALA630 (scsi)
    Disk /dev/sdh: 732566642s
    Sector size (logical/physical): 4096B/4096B
    Partition Table: gpt
    
    
    Number  Start  End         Size        File system  Name  Flags
     1      256s   732566527s  732566272s
    For the second there's something wrong I guess...:
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    sudo: gdisk: command not found
    Last edited by funked up; September 22nd, 2013 at 11:42 PM.

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    Re: large ext HDD problem that nobody seems to be able to help?!

    If you do not have gdisk but have a large gpt drive you should install it. It is the fdisk for gpt drives as fdisk (currently) does not work with gpt drives.

    sudo apt-get install gdisk

    Some large drives show logical at 512 and physical at 4096B or 512B/4096B that may be part of the issue? But I have no idea how to change that.
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