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I am receiving a lot of these messages. Is my HD going to die tomorrow morning?

ata1: link is slow to respond, please be patient (ready=0)
ata1: device not ready (errno=-16), forcing hardreset
ata1: soft resetting link
ata1: clearing spurious IRQ
ata1: clearing spurious IRQ
ata1: clearing spurious IRQ
ata1.00: configured for UDMA/33
ata1: EH complete
ata1.00: qc timeout (cmd 0xa0)
ata1.00: exception Emask 0x0 SAct 0x0 SErr 0x0 action 0x6 frozen
ata1.00: cmd a0/00:00:00:00:00/00:00:00:00:00/a0 tag 0
         cdb 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00  00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
         res 51/20:03:00:00:00/00:00:00:00:00/a0 Emask 0x5 (timeout)
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Your drive is already close to dead. I hope you have good backups, because it is a bit late now to do much about it. – Jonathan Leffler Mar 23 '10 at 11:37
Yeah this definitely a terminally ill drive. Grab your data while you still can. – Tyler McHenry Mar 23 '10 at 11:40
possible duplicate (at least, similar symptom):… – quack quixote Apr 3 '10 at 20:39

I also wanted to add, there is an official Ubuntu bug located at

(Edit: fixed broken link)

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The problem could be related to the SATA chipset ?

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