On Thu, 12 Feb 2009, Steve Allen wrote:
> We have purchased a number of HP laptops with a combination of drive
> manufacturers. The ones with Toshiba drives are very slow.
> Toshiba model numbers MK1216GSM (120GB), MK1214GAH (120GB) and
> MK8009GAH (80GB).
> Comparing the Toshiba MK8009GAH to a Samsung HS082HP in the same PC
> gives the following results:
> wipe Internal
> Extended Self-Test
> Toshiba MK8009GAH 66.42 73
> Samsung HS082HP 45.30 46.18
> As big a concern for us is running the Extended Self Test on all the
> above Toshiba models. They will often lock up or get stuck with 90% of
> the test remaining.
> At other times they pass this test fine but it is much more usual to
> lock up. At least, I believe this proves it is not a matter of just
> waiting longer for the test to complete; I have left one running for
> approx 3 hrs and still shows 90% remaining etc.
> Running under Knoppix V5.3.1, kernel 188.8.131.52 & smartmon-ux Ver 5.38 -2.
> We have approx ten laptops with these problems, can they all be faulty?
> Finally, if I smartctl -X /dev/xxx, at 90% test complete, will any
> errors found up to that stage be displayed in the log or will all info
> be discarded with the abort command?
Same thing happens with some Seagate 400GBs and even an 80GB I have
running in some places, the root cause was never determined, as a
workaround I only run short tests.