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    Disk Failure imminent...

    I get a dialogue box up every time I start my computer.

    It refers to my hard disk and tells me that a disk failure is imminent. I ran a test from the BIOS that passed, so is my hard disk really about to fail?

    Can anyone offer any advice regarding this?

    I have included a screenshot of the window and what it says...

    Screenshot from 2013-04-01 12:08:27.jpg

    If you were to scroll down the list, you would see that it says something about the airflow failing in the past also.

    Thanks so much people!

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    Re: Disk Failure imminent...

    It seems like your BIOS isn't able to understand all of the SMART codes. SMART is a service that can report the health of your hard drive and it looks like a lot of sectors are being re-mapped. This means that the hard drive is trying to keep it self going but not using sectors that it can tell are bad. As that number goes up, the hard drive will run out of good sectors to map to and you'll start losing data.

    Its almost impossible to figure out when the hard drive will fail, but I would backup your data as soon as possible and replace the hard drive. Thankfully, hard drives are cheap!

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    Re: Disk Failure imminent...

    Thanks for your reply reeseslover531. I think I'll have to go get a new hard drive! Can I copy my entire OS onto another HD, then just plug it in?

    This seems like as good I time as any to start building my own computer, something I've wanted to do for a while but vetoed by the girlfriend...lol

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    Re: Disk Failure imminent...

    Quote Originally Posted by reeseslover531 View Post
    It seems like your BIOS isn't able to understand all of the SMART codes. SMART is a service that can report the health of your hard drive and it looks like a lot of sectors are being re-mapped. This means that the hard drive is trying to keep it self going but not using sectors that it can tell are bad. As that number goes up, the hard drive will run out of good sectors to map to and you'll start losing data.

    Its almost impossible to figure out when the hard drive will fail, but I would backup your data as soon as possible and replace the hard drive. Thankfully, hard drives are cheap!
    Thanks for your reply!

    Can you tell me whether I can transfer my current OS and all it's files to a new hard disk the I'm going to buy and fit into my laptop?

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    Re: Disk Failure imminent...

    Quote Originally Posted by linuxlunatics View Post
    is my hard disk really about to fail?
    Yes, you have 2862 bad sectors. In normal use a drive would have maybe 2 bad sectors. Your disk is massively knackered. Back up everything on there immediately and buy a new disk.

    How old is the disk? Could be a warranty job?

    Easiest way to transfer the whole system from one drive to another is to take the dying drive out of your laptop and plug both it and the new drive into a desktop computer, then just image one to the other using a tool like Clonezilla. Then slap the new drive into your laptop and you're laughing.

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    Re: Disk Failure imminent...

    Sorry to say, but you have probably already lost data and you will probably lose more the longer you wait.

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    Re: Disk Failure imminent...

    Listen Paqman, guys and girls...

    Thanks so much for your replies, I will follow your advice. Luckily, I have hardly anything stored on this machine as I've only just started using it (it was forgotten about for a long time, and since my proper laptop was stolen not long ago, I whacked a copy of 12.04 on it and cracked away), so I haven't noticed any data go missing (about 59gb still free lol!).

    Can anyone point me in the direction of a decent replacement drive? Something a bit larger (double the size possibly) and reasonable price as I'm a skint student.

    Thanks again for all your help!

    PS. My machine is an HP Pavilion dv5000

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    Re: Disk Failure imminent...

    I can't point to a specific model, but Western Digital makes good hard disks and I have found them cheaper than competitors.
    I try to treat the cause, not the symptom. I avoid the terminal in instructions, unless it's easier or necessary. My instructions will work within the Ubuntu system, instead of breaking or subverting it. Those are the three guarantees to the helpee.

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    Re: Disk Failure imminent...

    You should make a clean install rather than transfer. It's safe to copy data (provided they're salvageable) but using system files that are potentially broken is unwise.

    Re. replacement, I would seriously consider SSD but if you're sure you want HDD, WD Black series are probably the best because of 5-year warranty.

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