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jsmidt
September 20th, 2008, 05:24 AM
For the last week or so the hard drive on my Dell Inspiron 1525 Laptop has been acting very strange. (I think it is the hard drive)

1. It keeps clicking all the time.
2. After every(almost every) reboot or suspend I have to run fsck manually to fix several inode and other problems.
3. Twice, upon rebooting the computer claims no hard drive is detected. When I try to reboot again, it usually works, but I still have to run fsck manually.
4. I reinstalled Ubuntu using Dell's re-install DVD and I still have the same problems?

Does anybody know if this sounds like a hardware or software issue? Any ideas what I should do or try? Thanks

jbloodwo
September 20th, 2008, 09:22 PM
what does the click sound like and do you hear anything that might sound like you need to replace the brakes on your car?

but my general guess would be hardware.

if you can fine a linux tool to access the drives SMART status you might be able to see if teh drive is reporting some type of error.

jsmidt
September 22nd, 2008, 05:44 PM
I don't know what SMART status. Could you explain to me what this is and how I would try to understand it using tools.

jbloodwo
September 22nd, 2008, 09:41 PM
SMART is a drive monitering technology built in to ATAPI and SATA hard drives. SAMRT will moniter thing like faild readwrites and things like that. You can get more information on SMART at wikipedia including a chart of known SMART error codes.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-Monitoring,_Analysis,_and_Reporting_Technology

jsmidt
September 23rd, 2008, 04:13 AM
So I ran one of these SMART programs: Hard Drive Sentinel. Below is the output. It doesn't look good, however I don't know what almost any of the errors mean. Is there anyone who can interpret this stuff. Thanks.


Hard Disk Summary
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Hard Disk Number. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0
Hard Disk Device. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . /dev/sda
Interface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . S-ATA II
Hard Disk Model ID. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ST9120823ASG
Hard Disk Revision. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.ADD
Hard Disk Serial Number . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5NJ0WXTF
Hard Disk Total Size. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114473 MB
Current Temperature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 C (113 F)
Power On Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 days, 11 hours
Estimated Remaining Lifetime. . . . . . . . . . . 0 days
Health. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . -------------------- 0 % (Poor)
Performance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #################### 100 % (Excellent)

Failure Predicted - Attribute: 7 Rate of positioning errors of the read/write heads. Indicate problem with servo, head. High temperature can also cause this problem.
There are 119 bad sectors on the disk surface. The contents of these sectors were moved to the spare area.
The drive found 30 bad sectors during its self test.
There are 30 weak sectors found on the disk surface. They may be remapped any time in the later use of the disk.
Replace hard disk immediately.
It is recommended to backup often to prevent data loss.

nowshining
September 23rd, 2008, 04:31 AM
is the smart program u used a windows or linux app? if so where may i download it?

jsmidt
September 23rd, 2008, 04:46 AM
I used this:

http://www.hdsentinel.com/hdslin.php

nowshining
September 23rd, 2008, 06:17 PM
I used this:

http://www.hdsentinel.com/hdslin.php

nice find :)

jbloodwo
September 23rd, 2008, 10:45 PM
Looks like you should call customer care/tech support.

jsmidt
September 26th, 2008, 12:18 AM
Well, since my laptop is under warranty, Dell sent me a new hard drive. Everything works great! Thanks Dell!