Recently, ever other boot or so, I keep getting the message "One of your disks needs to be checked for consistency..." at startup. I let the test run, and it finds no problems. However, I find its sudden appearance slightly worrying. My hard drive was second-hand when I bought it two years ago, and while it has served me well over that time, I can't shake the feeling that one day it's gonna go to HD heaven.
That said, right now I believe the software is what's at fault. The layout of my system is thus:-
HDD: Quantum Fireball Plus LM 20GB IDE
Partition 1: Linux EXT2 (1020 MB)
Partition 2: Windows 2000 System (i.e. just the WINNT folder) NTFS (1020 MB)
Partition 3: Windows 98 Second Edition (For testing) FAT16 (320 MB)
(Empty space 700 MB)
Partition 4: Documents/application space FAT32 (15 GB)
The consistency check always occurs for the last partition, which currently has only 1 GB free space. Windows thinks that the first partition is actually FAT, and I accidentally mounted it like that once, although nothing was written to it and Linux still works. Linux has never complained about drive consistency, although it isn't Red Hat. Should I be worried?
Obviously, these checks were never the result of a bad shutdown.