S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology) is a monitoring system for computer hard disk drives to detect and report on various indicators of reliability, in the hope of anticipating failures.

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S.M.A.R.T. Reports Failing Hard Drive, Can it be a Motherboard Issue?

I recently made a return under warranty for a hard drive that was reporting over 1000 reallocated sectors, over 100 pending sectors, and 2 uncorrectable sectors. During the chat session with their ...
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How to fix high Load_Cycle_Count laptop drive (TOSHIBA MK6006GAH in Vaio TX1XP)?

Hoping someone knows exactly what's going on here. It seems this drive has some combination of aggressive power saving settings and Ubuntu defaults that has massively increased the Load_Cycle_Count ...
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HDDs occasionally “click” and dump this error

Every once in a while, my HDDs (6 1TB drives in a Linux md RAID-6 array) make a brief "click" sound, and I get this from dmesg. I don't really have any clue how to start diagnose this, or even how ...
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SMART Current Status vs Data

I know that current is the currently detected value, worst is the worst value the HDD ever had and threshold is the minimum value a healthy drive can have. I can judge the mechanical state of the ...
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My damaged Hard Disk doesn't pass SMART test, and Linux won't boot with it connected, even from a Live CD (Windows does). Is there any way to fix it?

Its basically an old SATA Hard Drive with a Windows XP partition I was trying to sell. When my computer does the BIOS checks, it doesn't pass the SMART test (but I can boot it anyway), although I ...
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Actual (current) value of UltraDMA CRC error count (SMART)?

I have some positive counts in UltraDMA CRC error count entry of SMART data on my HDD. How to know if this value is actual? It is possible related with bad cable I had previously. Does this counter ...
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How indicative are SMART read & write errors of total failure?

My computer had recently crashed very unusually and began exhibiting slow performance and graphical glitches. I checked my read errors and write errors and they are steadily rising (Like 10/second ...
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Automatically Fixing File System Errors

This problem is related to my WD External HDD. It has developed File System Errors. I found that out when I saw that the HDD is taking unusually long time to read the data and whenever I try to open ...
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Disagreement in S.M.A.R.T info from different tools

I checked my old(purchased in 2009) SAMSUNG HDD with two tools. One is CrystalDiskInfo(CDI) and the other one is HD Tune(HT). At first, with CDI, no problem was detected and it just said 'Good'. ...
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SMART drive error Lenovo Y580

I have the same issue as this person, that apparently was never answered for him either. ...
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Smart Folders on Windows XP & Vista?

Is there a way to create a "Smart folder" on Vista & XP? (similar to the functionality available on Mac) Looks like there are some predefined "Search folders" on Vista. Is there a way to specify ...
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HDD making clicking sound every 10s in Win 8.1 - Load/Unload cycle count increasing

I have problem with my Samsung SpinPoint F3 HD103SJ HDDs. As soon as Win 8.1 loads up, and its in idle, they both make clicking sound every 10seconds. It sounds like the heads are parking. I have ...
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Resetting “HDD Warning???” with Zalman ZM-VE400 external case

Whenever I turn on (or plug in) the Zalman ZM-VE400 I have, it shows HDD Warning???. Sometimes briefly, sometimes until the Menu button is pressed. The case contains a SSD drive and as far as I ...
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Is there any way to reset the SMART data of hard disks?

I want to reset the "worst" case of the SMART's read error rate (currently at 100/max). The reason is simple: I don't want to be hassled by (1) the "press F1 to continue" for the error message at ...
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PXE media failure.Hard Drive most likely failed

I had a dual boot setup (Windows 7 / Crunchbang 11 ) on my 640GB WD hard drive with 3 primary partitions and 1 extended partition(Linux).sda7 was root(~25GB) while sda8(~220GB) was home A week or ...
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Should I care about my HDD?

This is screenshot of HD Tune: Should I care about my HDD? Are these warnings important?
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Have I bought a faulty SSD?

I've recently acquired a Samsung Evo 840 120GB, but haven't been able to actually use it. The problems started when trying to do a fresh install of Windows 8 on it: I've retried the process with ...
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Is Power Off Retract count relevant for SSD

Is Power-ff retract count relevant for SSDs? I have tested my SSD under various scenarios, hard power removal and kernel panic, but the attribute value does not change. Does anyone have any idea?
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S.M.A.R.T. diagnostics recommends firmware upgrade

I have an Ubuntu server with a RAID-6 array. 3.13.0-27-generic #50-Ubuntu SMP Thu May 15 18:06:16 UTC 2014 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux I was checking out the S.M.A.R.T. diagnostics for the ...
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Which SMART settings to watch for in SpeedFan?

Unless there's a better solution, I'd like to use SpeedFan to watch hard disks on a host. However, it offers quite a lot of settings in its Configure > Events > If section, such as Raw Read Error ...
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IDNF error in S.M.A.R.T logs

Is it a good practice to ignore IDNF errors in smart logs if no other evidence of problems (including smart self test and badblocks run) has been found? Does anyone have a experience with this? The ...
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How to determine which drive in a firmware RAID is failing

I have two drives in an Intel ICH10 RAID 1. They are not enterprise-level drives; just regular WD Caviar Black drives. Recently, reading/writing to the mirrored volume has become extremely slow and ...
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Can a faulty RAM cause a Ultra DMA CRC Error?

I just upgraded my laptop's RAM yesterday and some weird things are happening because the memory module I bought on my local computer store is defective. Since the RAM isn't working properly, ...
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SMART: Brand new Western Digital hard-disk showing very high load cycle count

My brand new "WDC WD10EZRX" 1TB Green Hard-disk, SMART log is showing very high load cycle count and it keeps increasing at high rate. What should I do ? Please help me. Edit: Finally I got the ...
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S.M.A.R.T : What's the difference between “Start/Stop cycle count” and “Load/Unload cycle count”?

Q1. What is the difference between "Start/Stop cycle count" and "Load/Unload cycle count" ? Q2. What happen to the hard-disk when a computer is put to sleep mode, does the spindle moter stops spinning ...
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Files disappearing, errors during linux boot

On my laptop I've got - Windows 7 (NTFS), Ubuntu 10.10 x64 (ext4) and a few NTFS partitions which are also mounted under Ubuntu. 1.Today when I opened console text like this appeared: "I don't know ...
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possible disk problems - nothing in SMART

I keep getting these IO errors: Feb 22 07:08:19 kernel: [70724.773260] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] CDB: Read(10): 28 00 50 17 f5 d8 00 00 08 00 Feb 22 07:08:19 kernel: [70724.773344] ata1: EH complete Feb 22 ...
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SMART attributes have large values

I have noticed the Reallocation Event Count with my internal hard drive with a data value and a warning about a year ago and it has been increasing ever since. I have also noticed the Raw read error ...
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Are Soft Bad Sectors recorded in a drive's S.M.A.R.T. data?

Yesterday I was faced with a soft bad sector when I decided to run chkdsk.exe in Windows all by myself. I have suspicions that it was caused by a recent Intel Rapid Storage Technology driver update. I ...
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SMART data not available/readable on a modern computer

I have administration of a computer - Compaq CQ1-2025 - that has not been hardware modified in any way. According to specifications it has a 320 GB SATA hard disk in it. When I ran SpinRite disk ...
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WD NAS vs hd sentinel on disk health

My Western Digital My Book Live II, started failing some time ago, with a "Drive A Failed" message on the Web Interface monitor tool. After replacing Drive A, with a new one, drive B failed also a ...
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Unable to Write Zeros to Bad Sectors/Hard Disk Not Counting Reallocated Sectors

I have a drive that is reporting that the current pending sectors is "45". I have used badblocks to identify the sectors and I have been trying to write zeros to them with dd. From what I understand, ...
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What are reasons for “SMART Failure predicted on hard disk” error?

My laptop is shows "SMART Failure predicted on Hard Disk 0: SAMSUNG HM640JJ" error on boot with windows 7 OS. While surfing, I get a response as my HDD is running out. So get backup files as quickly. ...
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Where is S.M.A.R.T. data stored on a HDD?

The S.M.A.R.T. attributes are attributes that a HDD keeps about its health and performance. I know that the MBR is stored at C,H,S (0,0,1) which leaves no free disc space for the drive to function. ...
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Western Digital 1TB Drive recognized as 32MB

this is really strange - I've got this 1TB Western Digital HDD and multiple machines (including an USB3-SATA Bridge) detect this HDD with only 32MB capacity. I guess the Harddisk is broken and ripe ...
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Is my SSD drive going bad? SMART error

Is there something wrong with my SSD drive ? It's still under warranty so I can replace it ;) SMART Error Log Version: 1 ATA Error Count: 1 CR = Command Register [HEX] FR = Features ...
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Why is the temperature so low and airflow temperature so high on my HD?

I have had this same exact SeaGate external 1TB USB2.0 hard drive for a few years. In the past I have been using SeaGate's own diagnostic tool to check the drive for errors but it wouldn't let me see ...
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How to make smartd shut up about one particular offline uncorrectable sector?

I have a disk in a two-disk software RAID-1 for which recently an "offline uncorrectable sector" appeared in the SMART status. 198 Offline_Uncorrectable 0x0030 200 200 000 Old_age ...
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What might cause an increase in offline uncorrectable and pending sectors counts on an *idle* drive?

I have a Western Digital Elements Desktop USB-connected hard drive. Basically, it's a glorified package for a WD30EZRX drive. I use it to hold system backups (old now, at that), so there's nothing ...
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Difference between S.M.A.R.T. error 0x05 (Reallocated sector) and 0xC6 (Uncorrectable sector)

My 2TB external HDD has recently started reporting a very high number of 0xC5 (Pending sectors) errors (Raw value: 309), and just today reported an uncorrectable sector error (Raw value: 1) while the ...
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Can I trust a hard drive that has had to reallocate sectors?

I ran this HD utility called CrystalDiskInfo that displays some of the S.M.A.R.T. information on my drives. It is displaying a "Caution" warning on one of my drives because its "Reallocated Sectors ...
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Hard drive issues - SpinRite vs. S.M.A.R.T

The Toshiba hard drive in a Sony VAIO laptop went bad. I put in a Western Digital drive (WD1600BEVS-60RST0, firmware v4.01G04) from an HP laptop. I ran SpinRite at level 2 and found some bad sectors, ...
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SMART ‘Reported Uncorrect’ field

When smartd sends an email about the amount of Offline_Uncorrectable sectors has increased, they do not increase Reallocated_Sector_Ct after manual fix (erasing with dd for example), as one might ...
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Western Digital: Sector Relocation Error (code 226)

I have a nearly new WD Green, but warranty is already expired. It was lying on a shelf. I would like to test it before use. The first step I made is running full test using Data Lifeguard Tools. ...
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Trying to remove/diagnose single Current_Pending_Sector in S.M.A.R.T. data

I'm in a process of doing a fresh Linux install and before I went to do that I thought that it is a good time to verify HDD health since I can safely overwrite any data on the HDD if needed. First ...
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How to determine which partition has badblocks?

I have the following device: Model Family: Western Digital Caviar Green (AF) Device Model: WDC WD15EARS-00MVWB0 Serial Number: WD-WCAZA3607921 LU WWN Device Id: 5 0014ee 2b01eac3e Firmware ...
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S.M.A.R.T. error on the drive, how to deal with 80 bad sector? [duplicate]

My system reported a S.M.A.R.T. error on the drive few days ago, Warning: Immediately back-up your data and replace your. I backed up my data, and then tried to see what is the problem, using HDD ...
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What is the S.M.A.R.T. page?

I've just listened to Steve Gibson talk about his SpinRite software, on the Security Now podcast episode 336 (transscript). At 33:20 he says: I can show and do show on the SMART page that ...
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What is the easiest method of checking SMART status for your hard drive?

I've seen programs in the past that were able to check the SMART status of a hard disk drive but it wasn't easy for me to find. Also, I think I had to boot into the CD in order to check on it. What is ...
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How do I interpret SMART data for SAS disks?

I am in the process of replacing some failing SATA disks with new SAS disks. The raid array that one of the failing disks is part of is in the process of resilvering. As that progresses, I can see ...