smartd reporting disk failing
pgaltieri at gmail.com
Tue Apr 26 01:11:15 UTC 2011
On 04/25/11 17:45, JD wrote:
> On 04/25/11 17:36, Paolo Galtieri wrote:
>> I purchased a 1Tb Seagate Go drive a few months ago. It's formatted as
>> NTFS. Today I started getting reports from smartd that the disk is
>> failing. Specifically it's telling me that there are many bad sectors.
>> There are no messages in /var/log/messages indicating any failures.
>> Why is smartd claiming the disk is bad? This is the second drive (also
>> a Seagate Go) that I get reports that the drive is failing less than a
>> year after buying the drive. I can't believe that a drive would go bad
>> after a few months use. I have other Seagate drives that have been in
>> use for years without any issues. The problem seems to be specific to
>> drives that are powered via USB.
>> Any assistance in the matter is appreciated.
> The worst problem with these drives is that they
> are not ventilated, so they do get hot in that tiny
> The second problem is that these external drives
> DO receive lots of accidental tips, shakes (hitting the table
> accidentally with your chair's armrests, or bumping
> bumping the table with your foot....etc.). That makes
> them very unreliable.
> I do have an external 1.5TB drive. It has a 3 inch fan
> that keeps it as cool as a cucumber. I have not had any
> problems with it at all.
I also have 2 other external drives (both 1.5Tb) that work just fine. In
fact they sit right next to the Seagate Go drive. What's interesting is
that when I boot to Win 7 and test the drive Windows says there are no
problems (of course it is Windows so I don't necessarily trust what it
tells me). I've had drives fail, but usually this is accompanied by
obvious problems such as corrupted files and there tends to be kernel
messages in /var/log/messages.
At this point I'm not sure what to do.
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