Failure predicted on Hard Drive

Hello I just upgraded some of my software to kde 4.3.3 and after doing so I reboot and get the following message right before grub boots "SMART: Failure predicted on Hard Disk 0: WDC WD12OOUE-22KVTO -(PM)

WARNING: Immediately back-up your data and replace your hard drive -a failure may be imminent."

now I rebooted and ran fsck but no errors were reported. Is this just a bug or something I should be concerned about…and regardless any ideas on how to fix it? Thanks

Yes you should be worried, SMART stands for Self Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology.

It means your disk itself is giving off a signal something is wrong with it. This does not necessarily needs to mean that it’s already giving errors, but it could be the heads getting in place slower than normal or something like that.
Something isn’t functioning properly and you should back up any data asap.

You may want to read the wiki page on it,
S.M.A.R.T. - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

well the reason I asked was I did some research and I get alot of mixed reviews…some say it is a bug associated with some programs while others say it is indefinitely your hd about to fail you. Though it’s probably the latter I guess that’s what you get for keeping your laptop on for almost 3 years straight.

If you really want to get sure what it is keep running your laptop.

A backup might be usefull though.

You can look in /var/log/messages, which should show the actual SMART error code, or run (as root) “smartctl -H /dev/sda” (or whatever your drive is).