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June 15th, 2009, 07:08 PM
Hello I have three linuxes running on my computer.
Ubuntu Jaunty 64-bit
Ubuntu Hardy 32-bit
Centos 5.3 Final 32-bit

The problem here is that now I am getting an error:

ata1: failed due to HW bug

I get this error in Jaunty and Centos and not in Hardy.I get this error while booting from a 32-bit Jaunty livecd as well.
Any ideas??

I am worried as this is a 250GB Seagate SATA 2 disk and I have quite a lot of stuff on it.
Does this error essentially mean disk (hardware) failure.
I there a tool that can scan and report a failing hard disk?


June 15th, 2009, 07:13 PM
No, it is a common problem with Jaunty. I get the exact same thing. Im not sure exactly what it is but its probably some sort of driver timeout?

Your drive is fine, don't worry.

June 16th, 2009, 08:31 AM
Thank you for your concern tomszyszko.

Out of curiosity I downloaded the Fedora 11 x86_64 livecd as well.
I get this error on it as well.So that increases my concern even more.
Is this an issue with the newer linux kernels itself..(ofcourse specific to my set of hardware) is what I am starting to wonder.

And this rules out the assumption that this is Jaunty-specific issue.

And what actually do ata1:, ata2:, ata3: and ata4: stand for.I get this listed in my logfiles.Would like to dig deep in order to trace the issue.

Would this in one way be related to a BIOS update?

Thanks once again.

June 17th, 2009, 02:34 AM
I get the exact same thing.Ditto here - Dual-boot from SATA drive. Machine works fine - just a boot-up annoyance (so far).

June 17th, 2009, 03:36 AM
If you are worried about the state of the drive, make sure SMART is enabled in the bios, then
sudo apt-get install smartmontools

It's a command line tool, so
sudo smartctl -options /dev/sdx

with x being the drive you want to view the report on.

June 17th, 2009, 05:19 AM
If you are worried about the state of the drive, make sure SMART is enabled in the bios, then
sudo apt-get install smartmontools

It's a command line tool, so
sudo smartctl -options /dev/sdx

with x being the drive you want to view the report on.

Thank you mgranet, following is the output that I get when I run this command;

smartctl version 5.37 [i686-pc-linux-gnu] Copyright (C) 2002-6 Bruce Allen
Home page is http://smartmontools.sourceforge.net/

Device Model: ST3250310SV
Serial Number: 9RY1YE6L
Firmware Version: 3.ACC
User Capacity: 250,059,350,016 bytes
Device is: Not in smartctl database [for details use: -P showall]
ATA Version is: 7
ATA Standard is: Exact ATA specification draft version not indicated
Local Time is: Wed Jun 17 09:40:44 2009 IST
SMART support is: Available - device has SMART capability.
SMART support is: Enabled

SMART overall-health self-assessment test result: PASSED

General SMART Values:
Offline data collection status: (0x82) Offline data collection activity
was completed without error.
Auto Offline Data Collection: Enabled.
Self-test execution status: ( 0) The previous self-test routine completed
without error or no self-test has ever
been run.
Total time to complete Offline
data collection: ( 430) seconds.
Offline data collection
capabilities: (0x5b) SMART execute Offline immediate.
Auto Offline data collection on/off support.
Suspend Offline collection upon new
Offline surface scan supported.
Self-test supported.
No Conveyance Self-test supported.
Selective Self-test supported.
SMART capabilities: (0x0003) Saves SMART data before entering
power-saving mode.
Supports SMART auto save timer.
Error logging capability: (0x01) Error logging supported.
General Purpose Logging supported.
Short self-test routine
recommended polling time: ( 1) minutes.
Extended self-test routine
recommended polling time: ( 92) minutes.

SMART Attributes Data Structure revision number: 10
Vendor Specific SMART Attributes with Thresholds:
1 Raw_Read_Error_Rate 0x000f 114 099 006 Pre-fail Always - 79262795
3 Spin_Up_Time 0x0003 097 097 000 Pre-fail Always - 0
4 Start_Stop_Count 0x0032 098 098 020 Old_age Always - 2195
5 Reallocated_Sector_Ct 0x0033 100 100 036 Pre-fail Always - 0
7 Seek_Error_Rate 0x000f 079 060 030 Pre-fail Always - 84173423
9 Power_On_Hours 0x0032 097 097 000 Old_age Always - 2642
10 Spin_Retry_Count 0x0013 100 100 097 Pre-fail Always - 0
12 Power_Cycle_Count 0x0032 098 098 020 Old_age Always - 2167
187 Unknown_Attribute 0x0032 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 0
189 Unknown_Attribute 0x003a 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 0
190 Temperature_Celsius 0x0022 061 054 045 Old_age Always - 656408615
194 Temperature_Celsius 0x0022 039 046 000 Old_age Always - 39 (Lifetime Min/Max 0/22)
195 Hardware_ECC_Recovered 0x001a 078 063 000 Old_age Always - 65532917
197 Current_Pending_Sector 0x0012 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 0
198 Offline_Uncorrectable 0x0010 100 100 000 Old_age Offline - 0
199 UDMA_CRC_Error_Count 0x003e 200 200 000 Old_age Always - 2
200 Multi_Zone_Error_Rate 0x0000 100 253 000 Old_age Offline - 0
202 TA_Increase_Count 0x0032 100 253 000 Old_age Always - 0

SMART Error Log Version: 1
No Errors Logged

SMART Self-test log structure revision number 1
Num Test_Description Status Remaining LifeTime(hours) LBA_of_first_error
# 1 Short offline Completed without error 00% 2608 -
# 2 Short offline Completed without error 00% 313 -

SMART Selective self-test log data structure revision number 1
1 0 0 Not_testing
2 0 0 Not_testing
3 0 0 Not_testing
4 0 0 Not_testing
5 0 0 Not_testing
Selective self-test flags (0x0):
After scanning selected spans, do NOT read-scan remainder of disk.
If Selective self-test is pending on power-up, resume after 0 minute delay.

Now what do you guys make of it??

June 17th, 2009, 06:19 AM
Your drive is perfectly fine. Nothing is near threshold, and you only have 2600 hours on it. It has a long life ahead of it.