Does anybody knows something about this?

Nils Kassube kassube at
Wed Nov 14 07:11:35 UTC 2007

Zachary Sandberg wrote:
> Just install smartmontools, and ran "sudo smartctl -a /dev/sda | grep
> Load_Cycle_Count"  and my result came back as 177874.  I am using an
> IBM Thinkpad Z60t, that has an 80gb Toshiba HD.  By contrast, my IBM
> ThinkCentre Desktop (acting as a Web Server) has 8473 Power-on hours,
> and only 173 power cycle counts.  It is Running Ubuntu Server 6.06. I
> have a 76gb WD Raptor in it.

The problem doesn't exist in Dapper. I checked it with my laptop the other 
day. There are WinXP, Dapper and Gutsy partitions. The result was this:

Windows XP: No increment of the counter.
Dapper: No increment of the counter.
Gutsy with smartmontools installed: 1 increment / 30s.
Gutsy without smartmontools: 1 increment / 90s when on battery.
                             1 increment / 125s when on power.

Therefore, better uninstall smartmontools - it makes the problem worse. 
And install the workaround mentioned in the bug report on launchpad.


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