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    S:M.A.R.T errorr. How serious?

    I have a disk that have only run for 177 days as an USB-disk. I have empty the disk and get rid of partition and also the MBR and run a Benchmark with read and write. I run a SMART self-test and get a warning about a few bad sectrors (1457 sectrosr) se screenshot below.

    I wonder if the error may have occoured with a glitching USB-connection, or if there are a real problem with the HDD?

    Is there a way to stress-test the HDD?

    I have now put the HDD in a machin true the SATA interface.

    Cheers, and are grateful with al tips and experience of failing HDD /Azyx
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    Ubuntu 12.04LTS 64bit, 13.10 Lubuntu 32-bit on eeePCs and OSX on a G4 800MHz iMac (iLamp). I think I have an W7 on one of my Virtualbox machine under 12.04LTS?

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    Re: S:M.A.R.T errorr. How serious?

    Its a warning, not a failure. I got the same warning on a old HDD about a half a year ago and its still in service. To me it means it could last a long time or it could fail tomorrow.

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    Re: S:M.A.R.T errorr. How serious?

    I would try using badblocks to test some of the sectors: http://unix.stackexchange.com/questi...g-sector-count
    If they come out good, then a USB-specific issue is the likely culprit.


    Note: you can use 'fdisk -l ' command to get the block size

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    Re: S:M.A.R.T errorr. How serious?

    1500 bad sectors is a lot and SMART is telling you it's only gonna get worse (not surprisingly). But how serious it is for you only you can decide. For some people 1 bad sector = trash can time. Others keep using failing disks till the last possible moment.

    In any case make a backup and move any important data off that disk.

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    Re: S:M.A.R.T errorr. How serious?

    SMART readings aren't standardized, so it may be the drive throwing erroneous messages, but it would be a good idea to backup your data if you haven't done so already, just in case.

    Anyway +1 to badblocks.
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    Re: S:M.A.R.T errorr. How serious?

    Quote Originally Posted by CharlesA View Post
    Anyway +1 to badblocks.
    Bad blocks always win. ;)

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    Re: S:M.A.R.T errorr. How serious?

    I don't have any data on theb disk. I wonder if i should troe the disk away
    /Azyx

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    Re: S:M.A.R.T errorr. How serious?

    Just run badblocks on it. If the power on hours are only 177 days, the disk isn't even six months old (if it was powered on 24/7 at least).
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    Re: S:M.A.R.T errorr. How serious?

    Thanx. I will run badblock when I'm sober '
    /Azyx

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    Re: S:M.A.R.T errorr. How serious?

    I run:
    Code:
    Azyx@Blackus:~$ sudo fdisk -l /dev/sdc
    [sudo] password for Azyx: 
    
    Disk /dev/sdc: 1000.2 GB, 1000204886016 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 121601 cylinders, total 1953525168 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x00000000
    
    Disk /dev/sdc doesn't contain a valid partition table
    Azyx@Blackus:~$ sudo badblocks -b 512 /dev/sdc
    It has run for hours now, with just a blinking cursor. Do I need to make a partition table before?
    /Azyx

    Ubuntu 12.04LTS 64bit, 13.10 Lubuntu 32-bit on eeePCs and OSX on a G4 800MHz iMac (iLamp). I think I have an W7 on one of my Virtualbox machine under 12.04LTS?

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