Ominous smartd messages ....

William A. Mahaffey III wam at
Wed Aug 3 12:32:24 UTC 2016

On 08/03/16 07:24, Matthew Seaman wrote:
> On 08/03/16 04:41, William A. Mahaffey III wrote:
>> My question is: Are these messages benign, or am I in the market for
>> more hardware ? *ANY* more questions, please ask. TIA & have a good one.
> It doesn't look particularly good.  Do you run the smartd selftests at
> all?  Worth giving that a go --
>     # smartctl -t long /dev/ada5
> This can be done while the disk is in use without upsetting anything.
> It will scan the disk for unreadable areas.  The disk does have a number
> of spare sectors it can use instead of any broken ones, but it generally
> needs to see a failed write to the affected area to trigger the
> substitution mechanism.  Once you run out of substitute sectors, the
> disk is basically toast and should be replaced.  With modern drives,
> seeing that mechanism in use at all typically means the drive is on the
> downward spiral and you should plan on replacing it PDQ.
> 	Cheers,
> 	Matthew

Thanks, I kicked that off just now, it says it will take 169 min. to 
complete, so we'll see. No more new messages overnight, maybe my luck is 
good ....


	William A. Mahaffey III


	"The M1 Garand is without doubt the finest implement of war
	 ever devised by man."
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