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December 16, 2009

Drive failure expected in less than 24 hours. SAVE ALL DATA.

Filed under: Tech — Tags: , , — od @ 3:00 pm

And so I’ve spent days and days, prolly weeks, to get rid some of the problems I faced in my FreeBSD. Currently running on version 8.0-RELEASE, I’ve upgraded almost all of my installed ports, and get my usb stick to work with the new usb stack. Everything works wonderful, stable and I’m a happy user.

Happy eh?

At least I thought so.

Today it crossed my mind to check how my hard disks are doing and to my surprise, one of the report came back with a failure alert:

# smartctl -d ata -A /dev/ad4
smartctl version 5.38 [amd64-portbld-freebsd8.0] Copyright (C) 2002-8 Bruce Allen
Home page is http://smartmontools.sourceforge.net/

=== START OF READ SMART DATA SECTION ===
SMART Attributes Data Structure revision number: 16
Vendor Specific SMART Attributes with Thresholds:
ID# ATTRIBUTE_NAME          FLAG     VALUE WORST THRESH TYPE      UPDATED  WHEN_FAILED RAW_VALUE
1 Raw_Read_Error_Rate     0x000f   200   200   051    Pre-fail  Always       –       0
3 Spin_Up_Time            0x0003   165   164   021    Pre-fail  Always       –       4741
4 Start_Stop_Count        0x0032   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       –       211
5 Reallocated_Sector_Ct   0x0033   065   065   140    Pre-fail  Always   FAILING_NOW 1080
7 Seek_Error_Rate         0x000e   200   197   051    Old_age   Always       –       0
9 Power_On_Hours          0x0032   085   085   000    Old_age   Always       –       11344
10 Spin_Retry_Count        0x0012   100   100   051    Old_age   Always       –       0
11 Calibration_Retry_Count 0x0012   100   100   051    Old_age   Always       –       0
12 Power_Cycle_Count       0x0032   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       –       209
192 Power-Off_Retract_Count 0x0032   193   193   000    Old_age   Always       –       5447
193 Load_Cycle_Count        0x0032   001   001   000    Old_age   Always       –       1227719
194 Temperature_Celsius     0x0022   097   092   000    Old_age   Always       –       50
196 Reallocated_Event_Count 0x0032   101   101   000    Old_age   Always       –       99
197 Current_Pending_Sector  0x0012   200   200   000    Old_age   Always       –       0
198 Offline_Uncorrectable   0x0010   200   200   000    Old_age   Offline      –       0
199 UDMA_CRC_Error_Count    0x003e   200   200   000    Old_age   Always       –       0
200 Multi_Zone_Error_Rate   0x0008   200   200   051    Old_age   Offline      –       0

And this makes my heart races even faster:

# smartctl -H /dev/ad4
smartctl version 5.38 [amd64-portbld-freebsd8.0] Copyright (C) 2002-8 Bruce Allen
Home page is http://smartmontools.sourceforge.net/

=== START OF READ SMART DATA SECTION ===
SMART overall-health self-assessment test result: FAILED!
Drive failure expected in less than 24 hours. SAVE ALL DATA.
Failed Attributes:
ID# ATTRIBUTE_NAME          FLAG     VALUE WORST THRESH TYPE      UPDATED  WHEN_FAILED RAW_VALUE
5 Reallocated_Sector_Ct   0x0033   065   065   140    Pre-fail  Always   FAILING_NOW 1080

Less than 24 hours? And I happened to be damn lucky to check on my disks today? Since day one I bought the hard disks, I’ve never really checked on it. Today I did, and I got this. Am seriously hoping that it’s just a false alarm (still am gonna do my backups).

And that is my around-2yo WD hard disk. My second WD hard disk. My first WD hard disk failed on me after running for less than a year. Jinx? Lol. Wait. This is not funny! Hmmmpphhhhhhhh..

Anyway, am too frustrated now. My hands are cold, my feet are cold, and all I could think of right now is doing a backup so that I could port my old system to a new hard disk. Which I have to buy..

Speaking of which.. another WD? Seriously I don’t know. Everyone is saying WD is the best, yet 2 of them died (well this one hasn’t died yet but already complaining) fast enough. Maxtor served me for a good 5 years or more, but the reputation isn’t that great either compared to other brands. Suggestion?

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8 Comments »

  1. Maybe because they’re less popular overall, but I don’t hear of Fujitsu drives failing (but I don’t have one – have a WD w 3 year warranty)

    Comment by MrCorey — December 16, 2009 @ 10:26 pm

  2. Thanks, Corey 🙂

    Just checked today and it’s still under warranty.

    Was thinking of buying a new hard disk but since am gonna request for an RMA, prolly it wouldn’t be a good idea to get a third hard disk. It’s nice to have a spare, but if I won’t be using it for the next couple of years, I’d be wasting the warranty.

    Comment by od — December 17, 2009 @ 12:36 pm

  3. Oh honey!! I hope you get this fixed as soon as possible!! I am so sorry this had to happen to you..and what timing!! :argh

    * Devin blows his sweet girlfriend a consolation kiss across the oceans *

    Comment by devin — December 17, 2009 @ 8:44 pm

  4. ‘what timing’?

    You mean like there are other appropriate timing for my hdd to fail?

    Comment by od — December 17, 2009 @ 8:54 pm

  5. HONEY!!!!! Well of course not but it is sad that you just happened to have it completed and reached the top of the freebsd mountain only to be smacked down by the harddrive gods! How wude in my opinon! 😛

    But you are right honey! There is no good timing for this!!! xoxox

    Comment by devin — December 17, 2009 @ 8:56 pm

  6. Yea exactly. Think I have to switch to Vista.

    Comment by od — December 17, 2009 @ 8:58 pm

  7. Vista sucks donkey balls though! hehehe

    Though 64 bit Windows 7 runs my Wii emualtor better than anything else. GRRRRRRR

    * Devin thinks he needs to join dolphin emulator team to rectify this massive injustice. *

    Comment by devin — December 17, 2009 @ 9:00 pm

  8. You can just reply through gtalk instead of commenting here you know <_< .

    Comment by od — December 17, 2009 @ 9:03 pm


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