Well, i was messing around with my new Fedora 13 live CD before i decide to install it and just happened to open the disk utility and noticed that my main OS drive (500GB Seagate 7200.12) is starting to show SMART status errors.
Basically, how worried about that should i be? My second 160GB storage drive is probably going on 6 years old (it was one of the first Seagate SATA models) and is not reporting a single error.
I'd run HD tune and double check on things. It could be just SMART being weird, but HD tune should be able to confirm it.
If so, get an RMA number asap and back up your data.
start the computer in console mode, then do scandisks.
it's the mode if you run windows and have it try to fix a problem, but pick console mode and you will have to type things (commands) all the help is there if you type help, or then help on each subject.
I forget what they call it but it runs windows in "elevated privileges" or something and it will give full access to the system to let it fix the drive, not just administrator stuff.
HD Tune just finished running and its not reporting any errors or damaged blocks so i'm hoping there is nothing wrong with the drive after all.
Sounds like SMART is just being weird. Not the first time thats happened to someone.
I'm glad to hear that. I didn't really want to have to buy a new drive yet.
Also, i lied, its the 7200.11 drive not the 12. I couldn't remember for sure.