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Thread: Hard-disk error detected during restart

  1. #1
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    Feb 2013

    Cool Hard-disk error detected during restart

    Whenever my system restarts, a black screen with white letters tells me that there is a problem detected with hard drive, and to press enter to continue.
    This occured after I swapped the measly 20g harddrive for a slighty less measly-but-still-small 60g hardrive. At the time, I was running ubuntu 10.04, and during typical computer use, a warning would pop up that said for me to "back up files immedietely, disk failure is imminent!" but it was fine for months without any problems, save the error messages themselves.

    Now that I am running 12.1, and occasionally a box pops up that says "System error detected", and the previously described start-up situation occurs whenever restarting. I wondered if there was anything I could do about this, because this minor annoyance started as a sort of "At least I didn't completely destroy my system" thing, but now it's a huge "first-world problem".

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Queensland Australia
    Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx

    Re: Hard-disk error detected during restart

    Hi there
    I have had the same error pop up when I installed 12.04. To overcome this glitch, I reinstalled and ran "sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade". I feel there may have been a glitch on my DVD drive or my hard drive at the time. The HDDs were fairly old.
    Can you re-install ? This might solve the problem.


  3. #3
    prodigy_ is offline May the Ubuntu Be With You!
    Join Date
    Mar 2008

    Re: Hard-disk error detected during restart

    Open terminal and run the following commands:
    sudo apt-get install smartmontools
    sudo smartctl -a /dev/sda
    If you don't know how to interpret SMART data, post the output of smartctl here.

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