As I mentioned in a previous post, I've been migrating from PATA to SATA. I Installed a 3114 card, updated to uBoot 1.1.4 so I could boot off it. My A1 had been running fine for two weeks on this setup with only 1 small detail missing: the 3114's activity LED Jumpers are at the opposite end of the card and the cable in my case no longer reached.
So today I got hold of some extention cables, plugged them in and finally saw the HD's activity.
Minutes later I got a crash while writing to the drive (encoding a video with ffmpeg). Upon reboot, uBoot couldn't see the Hard drive anymore.
I booted off CD, And no drive icons appeared. The LED Was solid red; thinking it might be causing the problem I powered off and unplugged the extension. On reboot, uBoot could now see my drive, but couldn't boot from it.
I booted off CD again and this time I saw drive icons, but opening them is incredibly slow.
All partitions were SFS/02, except a swap partition. At the moment, I'm leaving it switched on doing nothing, hopefully the drive is rebuilding itself (as my old ide drive needed to do sometimes) but I can't hear any noises and it has been on for several hours now.
Have I paid the price for using uBoot 1.1.4? Have I managed to kill a hard drive after only 3 months (NEVER Buying Western Digital again).