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I installed fc3 on 3or4 year old laptop a few days ago and noticed a bunch of messages from smartd in root's mail. I've never used SMART tools and I'm really not sure what to do with the information. After looking at the man page for smartctl, I did a "smartctl -a /dev/hda" and it reported:
"SMART overall-health self-assessment test result: PASSED" but there were some errors listed under that like the messages in my inbox.
The messages in my mail box indicate that there are problems with some sectors. It is my understanding that disk clusters and/or sectors do go bad from time to time and that modern disks will mark them as bad. So do I have to be worried about this hard drive?
Any thoughts would be appreciated.
Listed below, in order, is:
one of the messages in SYSLOG
Subject: SMART error (CurrentPendingSector) detected on host: localhost.localdomain
This email was generated by the smartd daemon running on:
host name: localhost.localdomain
DNS domain: localdomain
NIS domain: (none)
The following warning/error was logged by the smartd daemon:
Device: /dev/hda, 144 Currently unreadable (pending) sectors
For details see host's SYSLOG (default: /var/log/messages).
You can also use the smartctl utility for further investigation.
No additional email messages about this problem will be sent.
Dec 27 10:42:19 localhost smartd: Device: /dev/hda, 129 Currently unreadable (pending) sectors