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    "Disk Failure is Imminent" warning


    Got a HDD icon with a warning symbol in my Gnome system tray that warns "Disk Failure is Imminent". When I click on the symbol, further details are presented (see attached picture).

    SeaGate SATA 1.5TB. It is newish, 1.5 yrs old.

    Is this error fatal? What can I do to restore my HDD to good health again, without formatting which will be highly inconvenient?
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    Try health check with smartctl . If that smartctl also confims hard failure will happen in near future -I believe there is nothing we could do to fix hardware failure..better backup important data.

    Using smartctl to get SMART status information on your hard drives | TechRepublic
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lakshmipathi View Post
    Try health check with smartctl . If that smartctl also confims hard failure will happen in near future -I believe there is nothing we could do to fix hardware failure..better backup important data.

    Using smartctl to get SMART status information on your hard drives | TechRepublic
    See attached image - does this mean my HDD will die?
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    Quote Originally Posted by lindsey View Post
    See attached image - does this mean my HDD will die?
    That image is too small for me to see anything clearly.
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    I downloaded the image.Seems like its image is small size. When I tried to zoom it - I can't view them clearly.

    Post the output of command -
    smartctl -HA <your_drive>
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lakshmipathi View Post
    Post the output of command sudo smartctl -HA <your_drive>.
    As requested:

    Code:
    peter@debian-peter:~$ sudo smartctl -HA /dev/sda1
    smartctl 5.40 2010-07-12 r3124 [i686-pc-linux-gnu] (local build)
    Copyright (C) 2002-10 by Bruce Allen, http://smartmontools.sourceforge.net
    
    === START OF READ SMART DATA SECTION ===
    SMART overall-health self-assessment test result: FAILED!
    Drive failure expected in less than 24 hours. SAVE ALL DATA.
    See vendor-specific Attribute list for failed Attributes.
    
    SMART Attributes Data Structure revision number: 10
    Vendor Specific SMART Attributes with Thresholds:
    ID# ATTRIBUTE_NAME          FLAG     VALUE WORST THRESH TYPE      UPDATED  WHEN_FAILED RAW_VALUE
      1 Raw_Read_Error_Rate     0x000f   119   096   006    Pre-fail  Always       -       221226802
      3 Spin_Up_Time            0x0003   095   094   000    Pre-fail  Always       -       0
      4 Start_Stop_Count        0x0032   097   097   020    Old_age   Always       -       3471
      5 Reallocated_Sector_Ct   0x0033   034   034   036    Pre-fail  Always   FAILING_NOW 2726
      7 Seek_Error_Rate         0x000f   079   060   030    Pre-fail  Always       -       91570761
      9 Power_On_Hours          0x0032   095   095   000    Old_age   Always       -       4745
     10 Spin_Retry_Count        0x0013   100   100   097    Pre-fail  Always       -       0
     12 Power_Cycle_Count       0x0032   099   099   020    Old_age   Always       -       1708
    183 Runtime_Bad_Block       0x0032   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       0
    184 End-to-End_Error        0x0032   100   100   099    Old_age   Always       -       0
    187 Reported_Uncorrect      0x0032   095   095   000    Old_age   Always       -       5
    188 Command_Timeout         0x0032   100   088   000    Old_age   Always       -       4295033378
    189 High_Fly_Writes         0x003a   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       0
    190 Airflow_Temperature_Cel 0x0022   073   060   045    Old_age   Always       -       27 (Lifetime Min/Max 23/29)
    194 Temperature_Celsius     0x0022   027   040   000    Old_age   Always       -       27 (0 11 0 0)
    195 Hardware_ECC_Recovered  0x001a   047   024   000    Old_age   Always       -       221226802
    197 Current_Pending_Sector  0x0012   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       31
    198 Offline_Uncorrectable   0x0010   100   100   000    Old_age   Offline      -       31
    199 UDMA_CRC_Error_Count    0x003e   200   200   000    Old_age   Always       -       0
    240 Head_Flying_Hours       0x0000   100   253   000    Old_age   Offline      -       196318660141830
    241 Total_LBAs_Written      0x0000   100   253   000    Old_age   Offline      -       3275850858
    242 Total_LBAs_Read         0x0000   100   253   000    Old_age   Offline      -       1132961015

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    your health check failed. Better back up your data..before hdd goes down.
    I trust smartctl wait for 24 hrs...If you have warranty card ,replace the drive ,if possible
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lakshmipathi View Post
    your health check failed. Better back up your data..before hdd goes down.
    I trust smartctl wait for 24 hrs...If you have warranty card ,replace the drive ,if possible


    No this can't be! How can you be sure? Why is this happening?

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    btw I just installed Debian 6.0 and this happens. Do you see a correlation?

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    Frankly ,I haven't witnessed smartctl saying harddrive will fail.This is the time.
    I believe smartctl is one of best tool available. It could be right (may be wrong)
    I don't think Installing debian will make any difference ,If you hardware is failing.


    Come on, we can't trust hardware. Few years back ,I purchased brand new machine - believe it or not - within 24 hrs ,my harddrive gone. I had to sent it for
    replacement and wait for its arrival.
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