Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 2nd Nov 2007 16:12 UTC, submitted by Rahul
Fedora Core Fedora 8 Release Candidate 3 has been released. "Fedora 8 Release Candidate 3 has been released on the torrent site. Both DVD and Live images have been provided. Unless something goes terribly wrong, these will be the same bits (modulo gpg signed SHA1SUM files) that will go to the mirrors for the final Fedora 8 release." Update: There is an interview up about CodecBuddy's inclusion in Fedora 8 with the two developers behind this feature.
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RE[6]: Good
by butters on Sat 3rd Nov 2007 05:31 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Good"
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Install smartmontools if it's not already installed. Then:

# sudo smartctl -a /dev/sda | grep Load_Cycle_Count

The number of interest is the last one on the output line. Then repeat this command a minute or so later. Note any increase in this number. Repeat this a couple more times to make sure the number keeps increasing. If it does, then you have a problem.

You can also hear these load cycles. They sound like "clee-click".

Supposedly these hard disks have an average of 600,000 load cycles before failure. But the one in this older laptop is over 1,200,000 and I haven't had any problems... yet. As always, never trust a hard disk, and backup regularly.

A few years ago I experienced a particularly rough string of bad luck where I had three laptop hard disks fail in as many months. Since then I operate under the conservative assumption that a hard disk lasts about as long as a tub of ice cream. I like ice cream.

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