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    Anything that isn’t a bernoulli box[0] (e.g. solid state disks) probably side-steps this sort of problem. What I find a little unsettling about this, is that spinning platter hard drives have a history of use in ICBM guidance systems. [1,2]

    [0] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernoulli_Box

    [1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGM-30_Minuteman

    [2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D-17B

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      Anything that isn’t a bernoulli box[0] (e.g. solid state disks)

      the e.g. works on anything and not bernoulli box its a little ambiguous.

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        The standard interpretation for the syntactic decomposition of natural language phrases containing parenthetical inclusions mandates reading the whole sentence, ignoring all brackets, regardless of curvature, and then returning to the brackets as an addendum to the logical predecessor.

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        For what it’s worth, I’d be more worried about those discrete components and their solder joint failing before the very low density hard drive did.

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          I’d be more worried about the VAXen failing since they’re buying parts off eBay. ;)

          http://www.pcworld.com/article/249951/computers/if-it-aint-broke-dont-fix-it-ancient-computers-in-use-today.html

          EDIT: Submitted it since surprisingly nobody has.

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        I’d love to see what smartctl –all was saying about all that.

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          Probably nothing at all. SMART data is generally pretty useless for detecting even drive failures that have already rendered the drive essentially inoperable.

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            SMART Prefailure Attribute: 5 Reallocated_Sector_Ct changed from 200 [Raw 0] to 160 [Raw 1253]