Please help in diagnosing these smartmon messages

Andrew Falanga af300wsm at
Thu Feb 7 23:11:54 UTC 2008

On Feb 7, 2008 3:38 PM, Jerry McAllister <jerrymc at> wrote:

> On Thu, Feb 07, 2008 at 11:29:29PM +0100, Mel wrote:
> > On Tuesday 05 February 2008 04:14:39 Andrew Falanga wrote:
> >
> > > I know it's probably near impossible to know exactly how much longer
> this
> > > drive has, but how serious are these errors?  As I mentioned, the
> > > unreadable sectors on the hard drive are repeated many times in the
> log ( >
> > > 100 times).
> >
> > If it's not dead already, it can be when you read this or in 2-3 months.
> I
> > usually change the cable on the first read error I see popping up, just
> to
> > rule out the cable. If the errors persist, it's time to order and stop
> adding
> > new stuff to the disk.
> Agree.   If it is seeing repeated errors, it is most likely about to
> die totally at any time.

I suspected as much but being new to smartmon wanted to make sure.  I was
especially curious to find out what a "pending" sector was.  I understand a
sector, but the pending part was curious for me.  I was talking with a guy
at work that does some file system stuff and he told me that if SMART is
giving you errors, it's not good.

I have to admit, I wished something like this existed in '92 when I started
as a service tech for a small, local computer company in upstate NY.  It
would have made life a lot easier.


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