OpenSusue 13.2 hard drive chatter

I am still using 64bit OpenSuse 13.2 with Gnome mounted on a 1TB Seagate Barracuda drive.
I experience a fairly frequent chatter from the hard drive even when the computer is idle.
I’ve been meaning to ask this question for some time but just haven’t got around to posting it.
Every now and then i’ll get a Brrr … Brrrr from the drive.
Am I having a hard drive problem or is this something to do with the btrfs system? I don’t recall having this from previous releases.
Hope you can enlighten me.

Sometimes that’s just a cable vibrating, and positioned such that the vibration gets magnified by whatever it is touching. At least is is worth checking for that possibility (assuming that the cabling is easily accessible).

Well could be a bad or week sector which forces re-reads. Run smartctl to check for hardware errors

nrickert - the noise is definitely from the hard drive.

I have run the long smartctl check (98 mins) and there seem to be no errors.
I’m no expert at using Smart - is there a way of having Smart run all the time and tell you when errors occur?

On Mon 21 Nov 2016 03:26:01 AM CST, garthkh wrote:

nrickert - the noise is definitely from the hard drive.

I have run the long smartctl check (98 mins) and there seem to be no
errors.
I’m no expert at using Smart - is there a way of having Smart run all
the time and tell you when errors occur?

Hi
Can you post the output from smartctl -a /dev/sdN where N =a,b,c etc
for the drive in question.


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Garthlinux:/home/garth # smartctl -a /dev/sda
smartctl 6.3 2014-07-26 r3976 [x86_64-linux-3.16.7-21-desktop] (SUSE RPM)
Copyright (C) 2002-14, Bruce Allen, Christian Franke, www.smartmontools.org

=== START OF INFORMATION SECTION ===
Model Family: Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 (AF)
Device Model: ST1000DM003-1ER162
Serial Number: W4Y3HKX8
LU WWN Device Id: 5 000c50 089fb3581
Firmware Version: CC45
User Capacity: 1,000,204,886,016 bytes [1.00 TB]
Sector Sizes: 512 bytes logical, 4096 bytes physical
Rotation Rate: 7200 rpm
Form Factor: 3.5 inches
Device is: In smartctl database [for details use: -P show]
ATA Version is: ACS-2, ACS-3 T13/2161-D revision 3b
SATA Version is: SATA 3.1, 6.0 Gb/s (current: 3.0 Gb/s)
Local Time is: Mon Nov 21 16:21:43 2016 AEDT

==> WARNING: A firmware update for this drive may be available,
see the following Seagate web pages:
http://knowledge.seagate.com/articles/en_US/FAQ/207931en
http://knowledge.seagate.com/articles/en_US/FAQ/223651en

SMART support is: Available - device has SMART capability.
SMART support is: Enabled

=== START OF READ SMART DATA SECTION ===
SMART overall-health self-assessment test result: PASSED

General SMART Values:
Offline data collection status: (0x00) Offline data collection activity
was never started.
Auto Offline Data Collection: Disabled.
Self-test execution status: ( 0) The previous self-test routine completed
without error or no self-test has ever
been run.
Total time to complete Offline
data collection: ( 72) seconds.
Offline data collection
capabilities: (0x73) SMART execute Offline immediate.
Auto Offline data collection on/off support.
Suspend Offline collection upon new
command.
No Offline surface scan supported.
Self-test supported.
Conveyance Self-test supported.
Selective Self-test supported.
SMART capabilities: (0x0003) Saves SMART data before entering
power-saving mode.
Supports SMART auto save timer.
Error logging capability: (0x01) Error logging supported.
General Purpose Logging supported.
Short self-test routine
recommended polling time: ( 1) minutes.
Extended self-test routine
recommended polling time: ( 98) minutes.
Conveyance self-test routine
recommended polling time: ( 2) minutes.
SCT capabilities: (0x1085) SCT Status supported.

SMART Attributes Data Structure revision number: 10
Vendor Specific SMART Attributes with Thresholds:
ID# ATTRIBUTE_NAME FLAG VALUE WORST THRESH TYPE UPDATED WHEN_FAILED RAW_VALUE
1 Raw_Read_Error_Rate 0x000f 119 099 006 Pre-fail Always - 224146968
3 Spin_Up_Time 0x0003 098 098 000 Pre-fail Always - 0
4 Start_Stop_Count 0x0032 100 100 020 Old_age Always - 10
5 Reallocated_Sector_Ct 0x0033 100 100 010 Pre-fail Always - 0
7 Seek_Error_Rate 0x000f 100 253 030 Pre-fail Always - 785814
9 Power_On_Hours 0x0032 096 096 000 Old_age Always - 3996
10 Spin_Retry_Count 0x0013 100 100 097 Pre-fail Always - 0
12 Power_Cycle_Count 0x0032 100 100 020 Old_age Always - 725
183 Runtime_Bad_Block 0x0032 099 099 000 Old_age Always - 1
184 End-to-End_Error 0x0032 100 100 099 Old_age Always - 0
187 Reported_Uncorrect 0x0032 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 0
188 Command_Timeout 0x0032 100 099 000 Old_age Always - 1 1 6
189 High_Fly_Writes 0x003a 085 085 000 Old_age Always - 15
190 Airflow_Temperature_Cel 0x0022 063 059 045 Old_age Always - 37 (Min/Max 28/39)
191 G-Sense_Error_Rate 0x0032 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 0
192 Power-Off_Retract_Count 0x0032 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 9
193 Load_Cycle_Count 0x0032 099 099 000 Old_age Always - 3073
194 Temperature_Celsius 0x0022 037 041 000 Old_age Always - 37 (0 19 0 0 0)
197 Current_Pending_Sector 0x0012 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 0
198 Offline_Uncorrectable 0x0010 100 100 000 Old_age Offline - 0
199 UDMA_CRC_Error_Count 0x003e 200 200 000 Old_age Always - 0
240 Head_Flying_Hours 0x0000 100 253 000 Old_age Offline - 5325h+51m+59.630s
241 Total_LBAs_Written 0x0000 100 253 000 Old_age Offline - 4007778812
242 Total_LBAs_Read 0x0000 100 253 000 Old_age Offline - 76386124267

SMART Error Log Version: 1
No Errors Logged

SMART Self-test log structure revision number 1
Num Test_Description Status Remaining LifeTime(hours) LBA_of_first_error

1 Extended offline Completed without error 00% 3993 -

SMART Selective self-test log data structure revision number 1
SPAN MIN_LBA MAX_LBA CURRENT_TEST_STATUS
1 0 0 Not_testing
2 0 0 Not_testing
3 0 0 Not_testing
4 0 0 Not_testing
5 0 0 Not_testing
Selective self-test flags (0x0):
After scanning selected spans, do NOT read-scan remainder of disk.
If Selective self-test is pending on power-up, resume after 0 minute delay.

Hi
AFAIK, Seagate have a bootable iso image (SeaTools?) to also check drives, suggest you try that as well.

Maybe it’s this one;


183 Runtime_Bad_Block       0x0032   099   099   000    Old_age   Always       -       1

The other ones while high they are 48bit values hence the Seagate tools should clarify.

Else maybe a hdparm (Enabled Supported: section) value can be set, but check the drive out first with the above.


hdparm -I /dev/sdN

Thanks Malcolm
I’ll take a look at that. Maybe it’s time to move to SSD :slight_smile: