View Full Version : [ubuntu] HDD seems to be broken

April 27th, 2010, 07:02 PM
I have Western Digital 320GB HDD and it seems that it's broken. System is very slow and when I type in a terminal as root:

root@pirate:~# hdparm -d /dev/sda5

HDIO_GET_DMA failed: Inappropriate ioctl for device

A few days ago on the same HDD was installed Windows 7, and it was unable to boot. I remember using some kind of SMART tool to check HDD health, maybe you know the name of that app? Or maybe there is not CLI, but GUI version of a program that can check status of HDD using SMART?

Thank you.

BTW, I enjoy Lucid Lynx RC a lot!

April 27th, 2010, 07:10 PM
palimpset (available from System->Administration->Disk Utility) should be able to give you SMART data

April 27th, 2010, 07:13 PM
When I launch self test I get "FAILED (READ)", where I can find verbose information?

April 27th, 2010, 07:21 PM
I'm not sure to be honest, that's not particularly helpful of it if it doesn't offer you more information than that.

Your best bet may be to just install smartmontools and try that, not gui though I'm afraid.

April 27th, 2010, 07:33 PM
I have installed the package but I cant find the binary of smartmontool. Maybe you could write me a command line how to run it on /dev/sda and get verbose info?

April 27th, 2010, 07:47 PM
The binary is smartctl. Try sudo smartctl -A /dev/sdb.