Re: [smartmontools-support] The Death and Diagnosis of a Dying HardDrive - Is S.M.A.R.T. useful?
From: Bruce Allen
Date: Sat Jun 10 2006 - 23:28:23 EST
It's an unfortunate fact of life that SMART will not detect all disk
failures. My research group in the U. Wisconsin - Milwaukee Physics
Department runs two large computing clusters (approximately 2000 hard
disks total). We run weekly extended self-tests with smartd. Our
experience over about five years is that about 2/3 of drive failures can
are predicted by smartd. The other 1/3 of failures have no warning.
I am surprised that the extended self-test does not detect the bad sectors
on your disk. Our experience is that the typical SYSLOG 'seek failure'
error messages do correlate very well with the failing LBAs found via
On your disk, it may be the case that these bad sectors are *sometimes*
readable, or that the sequential scanning done during a SMART self-test do
not provoke these errors. If you have some time to follow up, you could
do some experiments with a recent release of dd using the 'direct' option
to bypass the block layers in the Linux kernel.
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