Ominous smartd messages ....

David Christensen dpchrist at
Thu Aug 4 04:24:16 UTC 2016

On 08/03/2016 05:42 AM, William A. Mahaffey III wrote:
> No separate HBA, 8 SATA3 slots on the mbd. Definitely hope that's *NOT*
> the problem :-/ ....

Agreed, but bear in mind that it is a possibility if you exhaust the
other possibilities and problems persist.

> No separate system drive, ZFS root as per wiki. 

I find it useful to have my O/S on a small, fast, dedicated drive.  I
got lucky, and bought a used 16 GB SSD on Amazon for $10.  I installed
FreeBSD 10.1 on that with encrypted ZFS root using the installer, and
then dd'd the image to a chosen HDD.

It might be possible to install Windows onto an external HDD/SSD.  Note
that you can install Windows and play with it for 30 days without

If you can't test the 8 @ 1 TB HDD's in-place, then you'll need to move
them into a Windows machine with HGST Windows Drive Fitness Test
(WinDFT).  Make sure that you record HBA port number, cable serial
number (I number mine with Sharpie), and drive serial number as you pull
the drives, so you can restore things exactly after testing.  In the
Windows machine, make sure to connect to an HBA, not a USB, Firewire,
eSATA, or other external docking bay.  Test each drive with its matching

> [HGST Windows Drive Fitness Test (WinDFT)] sounds
> destructive, right ? Any other options short of that ? Thanks & TIA ....

Manufacturer diagnostic utility disks usually include tests that don't
modify the on-disk data.  But, some include a utility to wipe (HDD) or
Secure Delete (SSD) the disk; which would definitely be destructive to
your data.

In any case, make sure you have backups.


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