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Old 10-13-2010, 03:13 AM   #1
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Disk failure is imminent?

Although I have been running Ubuntu for about 1 year I still regard myself as a Newbee! I have got away with not knowing anything about the Terminal or Command Lines. I am happy with Ubuntu and have become familiar with the OS and all the software I require.
However, I have started to receive an error message which states, DISK FAILURE IS IMMINENT
Does this really mean that my hard disk needs to be replaced or could there be something else that needs "tweeking"?
I am running two operating systems: Ubuntu 10.4 and Windows Vista - but am using Ubuntu about 99% of the time.
Everything is running OK except for the error message. What is the best approach to address the issue?
Not too technical please.
Old 10-13-2010, 03:56 AM   #2
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Your hard drive probably log some error in your SMART report.

to check it out, do the following:
$ sudo su -
# apt-get install smartmontools
# smartctl --all /dev/sda
That should give you the error recorded by SMART.

If you got some (although your HD is still working), I would recommend to change it.

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Old 10-13-2010, 04:15 AM   #3
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Indeed sounding like a SMART error. Be sure to backup critical files as soon as possible.
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Yeah, I agree that if the warning is issued by smartd, the first thing you should do is backup all important files ASAP. Then you can run some tests on the HDD, either 'smartctl -t long' or some tests on this disk:
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