System not running right

Scott Blair scott.blair at
Tue Sep 22 20:21:21 UTC 2015

There were no errors on the memory test, let it run for a couple of hours.
here is the output:
scott at main:~⟫ sudo smartctl -t short /dev/sda
[sudo] password for scott:
smartctl 6.2 2013-07-26 r3841 [x86_64-linux-3.13.0-63-generic] (local build)
Copyright (C) 2002-13, Bruce Allen, Christian Franke,

SMART Disabled. Use option -s with argument 'on' to enable it.
(override with '-T permissive' option)
scott at main:~⟫

I enabled smart on it before the reboot, it didn't stick, is that normal?

On 09/22/2015 01:06 PM, Brandon Vincent wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 22, 2015 at 9:50 AM, Scott Blair <scott.blair at> wrote:
>> It is my external backup drive. All our pictures, movies, music, software
>> and other stuff is on it.
> Disconnect that drive and start thinking about backup solutions.
> Then, please run (and post the results of):
> sudo smartctl -t short /dev/sda
> If that test passes, restart the system and hold down the shift key
> when Ubuntu starts to load. Choose "Memory test (memtest86+)" and let
> it run until the memory test indicates at the bottom of the screen
> "Pass complete, no errors". This might take a while.
> Journaled filesystems, especially ext4 should never require a fsck. If
> they do, it is usually a sign of corruption induced by a failing hard
> drive or other computer component.
> Brandon Vincent


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