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I have been using Win7 ubuntu 12.04 dual boot laptop and one day I got Disk failure imminent message in ubuntu.I have been using Win 7 since then for about 2 months now and havent experienced anything problematic but it is not letting me boot in Ubuntu.What should I do?

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  • You should change your hard drive. At least use a diagnostic tool and check your drive, imminent failure means just what it says, that your disk is about to die. – terdon Apr 9 '14 at 15:54
  • How is "not letting me boot in Ubuntu" not problematic? What happens when you try? Could it be that the part of the hard disk containing Ubuntu already failed? – Volker Siegel Apr 9 '14 at 16:09

The error message is initiated not by Ubuntu but by the HDD manufacturer's SMART (Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology System). In all probability, it is what it says: you'll need to replace your HDD soon.

1) Backup your data. Just do it.

2) You can access the SMART reporting data: either use a Windows util (need to know your HDD brand) or run the "Disks" GUI utility from the Ubuntu Live DVD. Not sure knowing the exact problem will help though.

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