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[opensuse] Hard disk weirdness on an ancient laptop
  • From: "Carlos E. R." <carlos.e.r@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 18 Aug 2013 00:06:18 +0200 (CEST)
  • Message-id: <alpine.LNX.2.00.1308172335450.8164@Telcontar.valinor>
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Hi,

I got an ancient laptop (Pentium IV, 0.5GiB) as a present from a friend (you may remember the video problem I had with it, solved). It is "running" openSUSE 12.3.

The hard disk it came with was totally useless. 20GB, full of write errors. So I bought a new one for it - I was lucky to locate a new unit with parallel IDE, 2.5" size, expensive for what it is:

Hitachi Travelstar HD 2.5" 80GB IDE/ATA, 37.15€ plus 21% tax.

Oh, well... no alternative. Well, I had located a 20GB unit, 15€ plus shipping, private person. Too small, probably.


The 80GB unit I got from a reputable dealer, that I get almost all my hardware currently. The unit came sealed in its original bag.

However...

Smartctl test says it is an old unit:


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AmonLanc:~ # smartctl -a /dev/sda
smartctl 6.0 2012-10-10 r3643 [i686-linux-3.7.10-1.1-default] (SUSE RPM)
Copyright (C) 2002-12, Bruce Allen, Christian Franke, www.smartmontools.org

=== START OF INFORMATION SECTION ===
Model Family: Hitachi Travelstar 5K160
Device Model: Hitachi HTS541680J9AT00
Serial Number: SB024CJGG8ZLMD
LU WWN Device Id: 5 000cca 572c415d7
Firmware Version: SB2OA7AH
User Capacity: 80,026,361,856 bytes [80.0 GB]
Sector Size: 512 bytes logical/physical
Device is: In smartctl database [for details use: -P show]
ATA Version is: ATA/ATAPI-7 T13/1532D revision 1
Local Time is: Sat Aug 17 23:02:46 2013 CEST
SMART support is: Available - device has SMART capability.
SMART support is: Enabled

...

SMART Attributes Data Structure revision number: 16
Vendor Specific SMART Attributes with Thresholds:
ID# ATTRIBUTE_NAME FLAG VALUE WORST THRESH TYPE UPDATED
WHEN_FAILED RAW_VALUE
1 Raw_Read_Error_Rate 0x000b 100 100 062 Pre-fail Always
- 0
2 Throughput_Performance 0x0005 100 100 040 Pre-fail Offline
- 0
3 Spin_Up_Time 0x0007 162 162 033 Pre-fail Always
- 1
4 Start_Stop_Count 0x0012 094 094 000 Old_age Always
- 10256
5 Reallocated_Sector_Ct 0x0033 100 100 005 Pre-fail Always
- 0
7 Seek_Error_Rate 0x000b 100 100 067 Pre-fail Always
- 0
8 Seek_Time_Performance 0x0005 100 100 040 Pre-fail Offline
- 0
9 Power_On_Hours 0x0012 056 056 000 Old_age Always
- 19423
10 Spin_Retry_Count 0x0013 100 100 060 Pre-fail Always
- 0
12 Power_Cycle_Count 0x0032 100 100 000 Old_age Always
- 455
191 G-Sense_Error_Rate 0x000a 100 100 000 Old_age Always
- 0
192 Power-Off_Retract_Count 0x0032 100 100 000 Old_age Always
- 58
193 Load_Cycle_Count 0x0012 099 099 000 Old_age Always
- 10908
194 Temperature_Celsius 0x0002 177 177 000 Old_age Always
- 31 (Min/Max 16/60)
196 Reallocated_Event_Count 0x0032 100 100 000 Old_age Always
- 0
197 Current_Pending_Sector 0x0022 100 100 000 Old_age Always
- 0
198 Offline_Uncorrectable 0x0008 100 100 000 Old_age Offline
- 0
199 UDMA_CRC_Error_Count 0x000a 200 200 000 Old_age Always
- 0
223 Load_Retry_Count 0x000a 100 100 000 Old_age Always
- 0

SMART Error Log Version: 1
No Errors Logged

SMART Self-test log structure revision number 1
Num Test_Description Status Remaining LifeTime(hours)
LBA_of_first_error
# 1 Short offline Completed without error 00% 19423 -
# 2 Extended captive Completed without error 00% 19399 -
# 3 Short offline Completed without error 00% 19399 -

SMART Selective self-test log data structure revision number 1
SPAN MIN_LBA MAX_LBA CURRENT_TEST_STATUS
1 0 0 Not_testing
2 0 0 Not_testing
3 0 0 Not_testing
4 0 0 Not_testing
5 0 0 Not_testing
Selective self-test flags (0x0):
After scanning selected spans, do NOT read-scan remainder of disk.
If Selective self-test is pending on power-up, resume after 0 minute delay.

AmonLanc:~ #
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19423 hours? How is that possible?

And so many values at zero?

If I am the victim of a fraud, surely it can not have 20Khours, right? That's too much for a laptop unit, they tend to break down earlier than 6000 hours.

Maybe a refurbished disk, old chipset, new platter assembly?
A bug in smartctl?

- -- Cheers,
Carlos E. R.
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