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  1. #1

    Bad HardDrive

    Hi all,

    Ubuntu 12.04 desktop 64bit

    Booting problem

    During booting
    SATA 2: ST31000528AS CC38
    Ultra DMA Mode-6, S.M.A.R.T. Capable and Status BAD
    3rd slave Hard Disk:S.M.A.R.T. Status BAD, Backup and Replace
    Press F1 to Resume
    Pressing F1 starts Ubuntu

    Then I ran Fedora live USB with;
    # dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda bs=1M
    to wipe out the complete hd (1TB in capacity)

    on reboot, following warning popup
    SATA 1: ST31000528AS CC38
    Ultra DMA Mode-6, S.M.A.R.T. Capable and Status BAD
    3rd Master  Hard Disk:S.M.A.R.T. Statis BAD. Backup and Replace
    Press F1 to Resume
    Pressing F1 started Fedora17
    -> install Fedora 17 using the complete HD. But complained
    Automatic Prtitioning Errors
    The following errors occurred with your partitioning.
    Your / partition is less than 4096.0 MB which is lower than recommended for normal Fedora Live install.
    This can hapen if there is not enough space on your hard drive(s) for the installation
    Press OK to chose a different partioning option
    Please help. TIA

    Background story:-
    I connected 2 HDs on this PC, the captioned HD, say HD1 and another HD, say HD2. HD2 is also installed with Ubuntu 12.04 deskop as host and Oracle VirtualBox as virtualizer. I started booting HD1 trying to copy the VMs from HD2 to it. HD1 also has Oracle VirtualBox installed. On HOME of HD1 I saw VMs being copied to it. But later the PC hanged for unknown reason. I pressed hard reboot then the mishap started.

    All the VMs copied on HD1 were automatically removed for unknown reason.

  2. #2
    Linux Enthusiast
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Turtle Island West
    You trounced the filesystem with the dd command. You need to make a new one on the HD.

    But still, I'd isolate the drive and do some tests on it to make sure it's reliable.

    One time I had this big old server case, 2 IDE ports on the mobo and 1 IDE on an old soundblaster card. I racked it out with 5 HDs and a CD. The drives were crowded so close together in the bays that they started to overheat from lack of air movement and a couple of them completely failed.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2004
    arch linux
    Also, check with the hard drive maker's website for any diagnostics utilities they provide that you can use to test their hard drives. If those utilities agree with SMART that the drive is indeed bad, I'd recommend replacing the drive, and maybe getting them to send you a replacement if the current drive is still under warranty. I personally use WD drives and have never had a problem getting them to replace drives that didn't live until the end of their warranty period.

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