slightly off topic: SMART error values for seagate drives

Warren Block wblock at
Fri Jul 3 02:48:03 UTC 2015

On Thu, 2 Jul 2015, Quartz wrote:

> I can't tell what's going on with SMART values anymore, every vendor does 
> things differently and nothing's ever documented. Is having the reallocated 
> sectors value go up still a bad thing, or did seagate change what this means? 
> Why did the read error rate and crc recovered fields bottom out, but the seek 
> error rate is still in the clouds? Is this drive failing, or fine, or what?

Reallocated sectors increasing is bad.  Seagate has one or two spurious 
values that are high and always increasing, but that's not one of them. 
Time to replace that drive.

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