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    Question need interpretation of smartctl test on sata drive.


    if anyone can tell me any hdparm parameters i can set to keep the drive alive forever.

    === START OF READ SMART DATA SECTION ===
    SMART Attributes Data Structure revision number: 16
    Vendor Specific SMART Attributes with Thresholds:
    ID# ATTRIBUTE_NAME FLAG VALUE WORST THRESH TYPE UPDATED WHEN_FAILED RAW_VALUE
    1 Raw_Read_Error_Rate 0x000b 100 100 016 Pre-fail Always - 0
    2 Throughput_Performance 0x0005 136 136 054 Pre-fail Offline - 92
    3 Spin_Up_Time 0x0007 141 141 024 Pre-fail Always - 260 (Average 276)
    4 Start_Stop_Count 0x0012 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 253
    5 Reallocated_Sector_Ct 0x0033 100 100 005 Pre-fail Always - 0
    7 Seek_Error_Rate 0x000b 100 100 067 Pre-fail Always - 0
    8 Seek_Time_Performance 0x0005 140 140 020 Pre-fail Offline - 30
    9 Power_On_Hours 0x0012 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 3312
    10 Spin_Retry_Count 0x0013 100 100 060 Pre-fail Always - 0
    12 Power_Cycle_Count 0x0032 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 253
    192 Power-Off_Retract_Count 0x0032 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 257
    193 Load_Cycle_Count 0x0012 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 257
    194 Temperature_Celsius 0x0002 162 162 000 Old_age Always - 37 (Lifetime Min/Max 24/47)
    196 Reallocated_Event_Count 0x0032 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 0
    197 Current_Pending_Sector 0x0022 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 0
    198 Offline_Uncorrectable 0x0008 100 100 000 Old_age Offline - 0
    199 UDMA_CRC_Error_Count 0x000a 200 200 000 Old_age Always - 0

    SMART Self-test log structure revision number 1
    No self-tests have been logged. [To run self-tests, use: smartctl -t]

    sudo smartctl -d ata -H /dev/sdb
    smartctl version 5.38 [x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu] Copyright (C) 2002-8 Bruce Allen
    Home page is

    === START OF READ SMART DATA SECTION ===
    SMART overall-health self-assessment test result: PASSED

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    Can you give us a little more info here? What exactly is the problem? Is your HDD powering down after an amount of time has passed?
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    my hard drive was constantly churning for some reason then it stopped and started acting normal. the smartctl values i hoped would shed some light on that.

    it would churn in both linux and windows.

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    I have usually seen that symptom when there are bad blocks on the drive. You might want to check that out, although the S.M.A.R.T. data should indicate that you have some bad blocks. Start up Linux, and run the Disk Utility GUI. You can look at the SMART data directly that way, and see if there are problems with the drive - it is a bit clearer than the text output you provided. I have had drives that were failing because of excessive bad sectors, and had to be replaced. The Disk Utility was very useful in determining that problem.
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    if anyone can tell me any hdparm parameters i can set to keep the drive alive forever.
    Please post back these parameters, if you find them.

    In the mean time...is there anything being reported in the output of dmesg, or in /var/log/messages?

    If you're really concerned, get a low-level disk diagnosis utility from the hard driver manufacturer's website.

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