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Almost a fresh install of Ubuntu 3 days old. I never had a single problem with running Windows 10 on this laptop for the last 3 years. I don't know what happened.

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What should I do to diagnose this?

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I am completely new at using a Linux-based OS. I have been using Windows for years. Now I mainly switched to Linux on my laptop for privacy issues, evading data collecting the most I can. I use a computer for video edition, webmastering and social medias. I have a chef brand.

When I want to import my data from a USB external HDD and/or SD card reader I get a Read error on swap-device error.

I don't really want to go back on Windows for explanation on top, but since I don't know commands and coding I need a little help here.

~$ free -h:

              total        used        free      shared  buff/cache   available
Mem:          7.6Gi       4.4Gi       274Mi       801Mi       2.9Gi       2.1Gi
Swap:         2.0Gi       118Mi       1.9Gi

~$ grep -i swap /etc/fstab:

/swapfile                                 none            swap    sw              0       0

~$ sudo blkid:

  asdasd/dev/sda2: UUID="04df9e3d-3c3c-4a1b-8177-961c7fa8dc41" TYPE="ext4" PARTUUID="0e9d6cbf-f602-4f5f-a6ff-cbf6a3f1cb47"
/dev/loop0: TYPE="squashfs"
/dev/loop1: TYPE="squashfs"
/dev/loop2: TYPE="squashfs"
/dev/loop3: TYPE="squashfs"
/dev/loop4: TYPE="squashfs"
/dev/loop5: TYPE="squashfs"
/dev/loop6: TYPE="squashfs"
/dev/loop7: TYPE="squashfs"
/dev/sda1: UUID="06C2-BFC1" TYPE="vfat" PARTLABEL="EFI System Partition" PARTUUID="8063f3cf-da82-4d74-81d1-1fbc716caef1"
/dev/loop8: TYPE="squashfs"
/dev/loop9: TYPE="squashfs"
/dev/loop10: TYPE="squashfs"
/dev/loop11: TYPE="squashfs"
/dev/loop12: TYPE="squashfs"
/dev/loop13: TYPE="squashfs"
/dev/loop14: TYPE="squashfs"
/dev/loop15: TYPE="squashfs"
/dev/loop16: TYPE="squashfs"
/dev/loop17: TYPE="squashfs"
/dev/loop18: TYPE="squashfs"
/dev/loop19: TYPE="squashfs"
/dev/loop20: TYPE="squashfs"
/dev/loop21: TYPE="squashfs"

Added picture:

gnome disks says DISK IS LIKELY TO FAIL SOON

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  • Are you asking about Read error or Video Editing ? – Soren A Nov 16 '20 at 16:17
  • @SorenA Let's stick with the Read error on swap-device error here, and save the other distro recommendation and video editing questions for another question. – karel Nov 16 '20 at 16:38
  • Edit your question and show me free -h and grep -i swap /etc/fstab and sudo blkid. Start comments to me with @heynnema or I'll miss them. – heynnema Nov 16 '20 at 21:00
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    note: it has nothing to do with the temps, just that your SMART tests indicate your disk is in the process of dying. – Thomas Ward Nov 17 '20 at 18:06
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    Yes, it is a coincidence. Coincidences happen every day. A fresh install is time you are most likely to glance at your disk condition. You said it yourself: The disk is at least three years old. Most of my disks last longer, too...but failure after three years does happen. Rarely, but does happen. – user535733 Nov 17 '20 at 20:05
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Those SMART errors mean that disk failure is imminent. You will need to replace the disk soon.

If you don't have sufficient backups, make them now before it's too late.

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  • Until we see actual SMART Data, and check /var/log/syslog for FPDMA NCQ errors, or bad block errors, it's too early to confirm a disk failure. OP hasn't responded with that data yet... in their original question about this. – heynnema Nov 18 '20 at 14:26
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    @hey "Assessment" is a summary of the SMART data. If it says "DISK IS LIKELY TO FAIL SOON", we really don't need to wait for the details – Nmath Nov 18 '20 at 16:35

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