A bad way to start the evening

By Tom Moertel
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Tags: smart, hard-drive, failure, backup, life

I just checked my inbox and noticed the following urgent message from the SMART daemon on my laptop:

The following warning/error was logged by the smartd daemon:

Device: /dev/hda, FAILED SMART self-check. BACK UP DATA NOW!

For details see host's SYSLOG (default: /var/log/messages).

Crap.

Luckily, I recently ordered a new laptop, and it should be arriving tomorrow. Good timing.

Once it arrives, I should be able to transfer my dying laptop’s personality to the new laptop from the back-up copy on my development RAID system. Still, getting things set up just right will probably eat half a day.

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