Hi to the list,
some month ago I've bought a notebook (amd64) and Installed ubuntu on it.
After some use the system became unstable and at boot time I were
seeing strange messages regarding hard disk IO errors. I thinked it
were an hardware problem, but before sending the notebook to the
warranty service I've reinstalled the latest Ubuntu version (Breezy
5.10) and in a week so far I haven't got problems.
To investigate further the problem I've installed the smartmontools
(5.32), and I found that the HD have had 39425 errors, in his life (I
think). And this seems a bit scary to me. I've used this command to
obtain the attached log:
# smartctl -F samsung2 -a /dev/hda
As you see in the log I've done two short test and one long test that
reported no errors. If I use -F samsung the self test report is not
showed. I don't use -F at all, the number of errors is of 410 but,
whichever it's right, it seems too high to me.
The question is: have I to worry about my HD health? Should I send my
notebook to the warranty service (If they don't find any problem the
send me back the notebook but I loose a lost of time in the mean
time). How can I be sure my HD have an hardware problem?
Thanks for any answer.
> As you see in the log I've done two short test and one long test that
> reported no errors. If I use -F samsung the self test report is not
> showed. I don't use -F at all, the number of errors is of 410 but,
> whichever it's right, it seems too high to me.
Ignore the error counter in the error log. WHichever number is correct,
it also logs aborted commands as errors. As you see both selftests
completed w/o errors, and the values near the top of the log all look
fine. You either had a dodgy kernel or some other hardware error (faulty
cable?). The disk is fine.
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