From: HC Brugmans <hcbrugmans@gm...> - 2005-08-13 15:32:01
I've recently tried checking the sanity of my hard disk with
smartmontools, I'm not an expert, but I didn't see anything that alarmed me.
On the next reboot, my bios halted with an error that my disk was dying,
and I should replace it asap.
I can now only boot if I turn smart-error-reporting off.
Is there any possibility that smartmontools led my bios to believe that
my disc is failing, or should I start backing up?
Thank you in advance?
HC Brugmans wrote:
> I've recently tried checking the sanity of my hard disk
> with smartmontools,
Did you instruct smartmontools do a selftest?
If the disk was already weak, that could have triggered the
(yet existing) problem to show up in the attributes.
> On the next reboot, my bios
> halted with an error that my disk was dying, and I should
> replace it asap.
> I can now only boot if I turn smart-error-reporting off.
This is a normal behavior if the bios configuration demands
a SMART-Check on boot up.
> Is there any possibility that smartmontools led my bios
> to believe that my disc is failing,
The boot message comes directly from the bios check and has
nothing to do with smartmontools.
> or should I start backing up?
yes, it is recommended to do so.
And you should have a look on the
SMART-Attributes once again.
smartctl -H -A /dev/..
If it's a "pre-fail" Attribute (->TYPE), that shows
"FAILING_NOW" in the "WHEN_FAILED" column,
you should change the Disk asap.
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