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    constant errors file system

    I don't know why, I don't use the cpu that much, but every day I have to reboot to recovery mode, go to root shell and run fsck. It fixes a bunch of errors, then every thing is fine for a day or 10 minutes. I'm a idiot when it's linux don't know what to do?

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    Re: constant errors file system

    Had to do so the same this morning to get it running. It acts like the power is being cut off, but its not cause I always shutdown. When I get it running and launch Chromium it says didn't close properly, and gives an option to open tabs??? That's a bunch of bull I always exit my browser and shutdown or suspend the system.

    Ubuntu 13.04, however it started with 12.10. In 12.10 symptoms were the same, but errors were a little different it would tell me the drive for /tmp was not ready or not present.

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    Re: constant errors file system

    Check the SMART status of the hard drive with the Disks tool, the errors could be caused by the drive being close to failing.

    ...also knowing the exact error you are getting would be helpful.

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    Re: constant errors file system

    Quote Originally Posted by mcduck View Post
    Check the SMART status of the hard drive with the Disks tool, the errors could be caused by the drive being close to failing.

    ...also knowing the exact error you are getting would be helpful.
    My first thought was the hard drive failing, but I never get any errors to hardware failure. Not sure how to check SMART status of hd with Disks tool, does that need to be installed?

    Tried to get the errors when at root, with "fsck > errors.txt" , but says root is read only.


    Been married to a red head for 13 years! Don't mess with the red or the root!!!

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    Re: constant errors file system

    Disks is installed by default, just search for it in the Dash.

    Once opened, select your hard drive, and then in the upper right corner you'll find a small button (with a gear icon), click that and select "SMART Data and Tests".

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    Re: constant errors file system

    Quote Originally Posted by mcduck View Post
    Disks is installed by default, just search for it in the Dash.

    Once opened, select your hard drive, and then in the upper right corner you'll find a small button (with a gear icon), click that and select "SMART Data and Tests".
    Ok did that, I could click every option but the SMART Data and tests.

    I'm to starting think I should just to low level format the hard drive, and start fresh.

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    Re: constant errors file system

    Quote Originally Posted by mrajdl View Post
    I'm to starting think I should just to low level format the hard drive, and start fresh.
    You don't really mean this do you? You can't align the heads correctly. Modern HDD's don't need low level formatting.

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    Re: constant errors file system

    How old is the drive & system? It's quite uncommon for any even recently modern hard drive to not support SMART.

    Also, most hard drive manufacturers provide a bootable SMART test tool specific for their drives, so if you can find out the manufacturer of the drive, that might be worth a try.
    Last edited by mcduck; May 19th, 2013 at 06:31 PM.

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    Re: constant errors file system

    Quote Originally Posted by redmk2 View Post
    You don't really mean this do you? You can't align the heads correctly. Modern HDD's don't need low level formatting.
    OK, now what?

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    Re: constant errors file system

    Quote Originally Posted by mrajdl View Post
    OK, now what?
    What are the errors? From memory what fsck messages are you geting? What does it cure?

    What state is the drive in when you have the OS failure? Usually when the drive gets to a state where it has failed it is mounted read only (ro). Could this be what is happening?

    Is this the only disk (HDD) in the system? When it fails, what do you get with this CLI command:
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    mount
    How old is the disk? How old is the hardware?

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