who to use smartmontools

René L. Reingard reingard at hispeed.ch
Tue Jul 26 12:04:16 UTC 2005

> Am Mon, 25 Jul 2005 23:44:24 +0200 schrieb ZIYAD A. M. AL-BATLY  
> <zamb at saudi.net.sa>:

>> On Mon, 2005-07-25 at 22:48 +0200, René L. Reingard wrote:
>> Hi,
>> since three days when starting the machine Ubuntu hangs either at

>> * Setting up LVM Volume Group
>> or
>> * Loading modules ....
>> hda: timeout waiting for DMA
>> hda: no DRQ after issuing MULTWRITE

>> what i did the last two weeks regarding Harddrive is that i set it from
>> ext3 filesystem to ext2, because I started tu use the program Wipe.

> If your suspecting your HDD is failing (or very near it's life end), you
> should install the package "smartmontools", enable S.M.A.R.T. in your
> BIOS, and check your system log for any messages.  I have a defected HDD
> and "smartmontools" reports in my "/var/log/syslog" the following two
> lines:
>         Jul 26 00:35:37 localhost smartd[7162]: Device: /dev/hdc, 2  
> Currently unreadable (pending) sectors
>         Jul 26 00:35:37 localhost smartd[7162]: Device: /dev/hdc, 2  
> Offline uncorrectable sectors

Hi Ziyad
do you run smartmontools from the command line or does it only work if  
integrated in BIOS.
i do not know how to integrate anything into BIOS, haha.

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