HD Trouble

Dear lazyweb,

I’m currently struggling with an utterly annoying problem that’s preventing me to do photo processing. Since I’m a photographer for some of my time, that’s really unfortunate.

Here’s the deal: I have a USB Hard Disk, a Western Digital Passport Elite (320Gb) and no matter what filesystem I put on it, after a day or two of working, it becomes corrupted.

I’ve run a bad blocks test (no problems), I make sure I unmount it cleanly each and every time and I’ve been extra careful with the drive.

I don’t recall this happening a few months ago (on Ubuntu Hardy), but recently it has started happening repeatedly (now running Intrepid).

I have no clue what causes this, but when it happens, I usually see something like this in dmesg:


[108400.182508] hub 4-0:1.0: over-current change on port 3
[108400.288094] hub 2-0:1.0: over-current change on port 1
[108400.296192] usb 4-3: reset high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 33
[108446.992602] hub 4-0:1.0: over-current change on port 3
[108447.096102] hub 2-0:1.0: over-current change on port 1
[108447.104075] usb 4-3: reset high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 33
[108828.704908] EXT3-fs error (device sdb1): htree_dirblock_to_tree: bad entry in directory #14770193: rec_len is smaller than minimal - offset=0, inode=0, rec_len=0, name_len=0
[108828.707727] EXT3-fs error (device sdb1): htree_dirblock_to_tree: bad entry in directory #14770199: rec_len is smaller than minimal - offset=0, inode=0, rec_len=0, name_len=0

Does anyone have a clue what might be affecting me? Is this my hardware, or is something wrong with my software?

Passport
"Western Digital Passport Elite (320Gb)

Posted: October 7, 2008 01:06 Tags: ubuntu

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