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"One or more disks are failing" ?



For a number of weeks now I've been getting this notification (only when 
in Fedora 11 & running GNOME) that "one or more disks are failing".

I first saw this a few months back. Since that time, I've reformatted the 
Linux partitions and installed other distros (including Mandriva and 
Ubuntu - both with GNOME) and in the same space never saw such a 
notification.

I wiped the Linux partitions each time when I installed a different Linux 
OS.

But when I last went back to Fedora (then rawhide, now F11) it appeared 
again. This only happens when running Fedora 11 in GNOME. I also run 
Fedora 11 with KDE and Xfce and never receive such notices (or anything 
close to it).

Here's how the partitions are set up (if it matters):

Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/mapper/vg_ava-lv_root
                       30G   20G  9.5G  68% /
proc                     0     0     0   -  /proc
sysfs                    0     0     0   -  /sys
devpts                   0     0     0   -  /dev/pts
/dev/sda5             194M   23M  162M  13% /boot
tmpfs                 3.9G  520K  3.9G   1% /dev/shm
none                     0     0     0   -  /proc/sys/fs/binfmt_misc
sunrpc                   0     0     0   -  /var/lib/nfs/rpc_pipefs
gvfs-fuse-daemon         0     0     0   -  /home/scott/.gvfs
/dev/sda3             404G  298G  106G  74% /media/Files
/dev/sda2             489G  337G  153G  69% /media/Windows

In the meantime, I get no such notices in Windows either.

During all of this, I'm dual booting Linux and Windows 7.

I don't know much about tools to check this in Linux, but I did download 
a program a while back (I forget it's name now) for Windows that 
specifically queries S.M.A.R.T. and the result was everything was fine.

My drive is exhibiting no odd behavior. It behaves as it should. I've had 
drives fail many times in the past and this one is nowhere near leading 
me to believe that a failure is eminent. 

Oh, before I forget, when I had installed Mandriva (after a previous 
Fedora install) in the same space I was given an option to check for bad 
sectors, so I did (and that came up empty - everything was OK).

So I'm back to Fedora 11 now and the problem returns. This truly strange.

And lastly, here is a screenshot of what Fedora is telling me: http://
bit.ly/drive_is_failing

Your thoughts?

Thanks.

Scott



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