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I hear some squeaking noises sometimes when I use my computer so I ran smartctl. This is the results:

    === START OF READ SMART DATA SECTION ===
SMART Self-test log structure revision number 1
Num  Test_Description    Status                  Remaining  LifeTime(hours)  LBA_of_first_error
# 1  Short offline       Completed: read failure       90%      5953         37922655
# 2  Extended offline    Completed: read failure       90%      5953         37922655
# 3  Short offline       Completed: read failure       90%      5953         37922655
# 4  Short offline       Completed without error       00%       429         -
# 5  Extended offline    Aborted by host               90%       429         -
# 6  Short offline       Completed without error       00%       429         -
# 7  Short offline       Completed without error       00%       429         -

Is this a bad sign?

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Yes, you are totally fschk'ed. =P –  user9368 Jan 23 '11 at 0:13
    
Great, thanks buddy. :P –  Cody Harlow Jan 23 '11 at 0:13
    
Oh, * time... :) –  user9368 Jan 23 '11 at 0:13
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Whether your HD is failing or not is not clear at all from the output - it could be just one bad sector, which is a common occurrence these days.

Can you please post the full output sudo smartctl -a /dev/sda (change sda accordingly if needed)?

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I have since bought a new hard drive. But this was the most helpful. –  Cody Harlow Feb 28 '11 at 23:03
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You seem to have 2 hard drives. The newer one (nums 4-7) seem to be alright, but the older one seems to have read failures. This seems to be a bad sign for the old drive. :(.

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Hmm? I only have one drive...unless it counts partitions as drives? –  Cody Harlow Jan 22 '11 at 4:24
    
It can't; it's saying you have 2 drives; because they have totally different lifetimes. –  Junkbot Jan 22 '11 at 4:27
    
But I only have one drive...it's a laptop and there is no room for another one. So how is that possible? –  Cody Harlow Jan 22 '11 at 4:29
    
Maybe it could be referring to partitions, do those numbers match when the drive could have been partitioned? If so, perhaps a partition is corrupt? –  Junkbot Jan 22 '11 at 4:31
    
I only have 2 partitions: Swap and /. Both were at the same time. –  Cody Harlow Jan 22 '11 at 4:33
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