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Old 03-09-2009, 11:07 PM   #1
vansch76
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Ubuntu Studio hangs on hard drive check at start up


Hi Everyone

Im using Ubuntu Studio now and Im having an issue with it locking up
when it wants to do a check of the drive at boot up. It gets to 14%,
and hangs ups. I have let it sit for an hour and it doesnt do anything
else. I end up pressing the power button to reboot the system.
It does it everytime unless I press the esc key when it asks to check the drive.

If I press the esc key everything runs fine.

Is there a way to correct this?
The hard drive is a new 500 gig.
the system is an Acer 180t, 3.5 gigs of ram.
dual core Athlon AMD processors.

There is not error message, just a progress line with some numbers showing
how far it has gotten into the check. It does stop at the same place
each time which may indicate a problem at that sector I guess.

Any thoughts on this will be appreaciated

Vanessa
 
Old 03-10-2009, 04:57 PM   #2
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I would take a look at SMART (smartctl) to check if there is a hard drive issue.

Or download the bootable DOS Seatools Disc .iso from Seagate to check and make sure you don't have a Hard drive issue.
It's not unheard of to get a new drive that has a defect, so this is the first thing I would try to rule out.
 
Old 03-10-2009, 10:26 PM   #3
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Hey Slayer

Thanks for the info and the links. I checked the smart section in bios and it was turned on. I turned it off
and rebooted. The drive check went strait through without stopping. Im not sure if that is a good thing or not.

I looked at the Dos seatools.iso. Does it work on Western Digital drives or only Seagate drives?

Do you know why smart turned off in bios would let the drive check go through without stopping?

Thanks again
Vanessa
 
Old 03-11-2009, 12:45 AM   #4
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I have no idea why SMART in BIOS would affect the drive like that.. I was suggesting you use the SMART tools in Linux to check the drive for signs of failure....

Seatools is for Maxtor and Seagate I believe.. Western Digital has a similar product on their site, I think.
 
  


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