Some hard disk is reporting health problems. Now what?

Joseph Loo joseph.loo at
Thu Jul 7 00:34:23 UTC 2011

On 07/06/2011 07:48 AM, Kevin O'Gorman wrote:
> Running Natty desktop, using it partly as a server, with a lot of disks
> (10-12, depending) and even more partitions,
> I am for the first time seeing this dialog box: "Hard Disk Problems
> Detected. A hard disk is reporting health problems. "
> The "Examine" button takes me to a window showing all disks and
> partitions, but I don't see any way to determine
> which is the one failing.  (I'm kind of hoping it's my main disk, which
> is really a hardware RAID mirror set).
> I could use pointers to troubleshooting.
>    /var/log/kern.log has nothing but successes.  No joy in
> /var/log/dmesg, or /var/log/syslog either.
> --
> Kevin O'Gorman, PhD
I personally would run spinrite from You have enough drives to 
make it worthwhile. It will try to clean the disk up and will extend the 
life. I suspect the error is caused by a CRC error and it exceeded the 
amount of re-tries allowed by the system.

Joseph Loo
jloo at

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