On Apr 24, 2011, at 4:14 PM, Dan Ziegler wrote: > But I was wondering why the old drive "failed". It wouldn't even start > up off the OS X DVD to do a disk check! I took the original "failed" > hard drive and stuck it in my Linux box, and ran Disk Utility (the > Gnome app, it's similar to Apple's). Disk checking on "Macintosh HD" > turned up clean, but the S.M.A.R.T. Status field said, "Drive has a > few bad sectors." On scanning THAT, it told me the drive is about to > fail. But I can use all of the files on Linux fine, such as the System > folder, Users and such. I don't know if the S.M.A.R.T field will cause > OS X to crash or what.
When SMART tells you it's failing, it's failing. That drive is on the way out. I've had such drives work OK for a bit after formatting and re-installing, but SMART does not say 'failing' because some sectors go bad; the failing sectors are a symptom of the impending disk failure, not a cause. -- Bruce Johnson University of Arizona College of Pharmacy Information Technology Group Institutions do not have opinions, merely customs -- You received this message because you are a member of G-Group, a group for those using G3, G4, and G5 desktop Macs - with a particular focus on Power Macs. The list FAQ is at http://lowendmac.com/lists/g-list.shtml and our netiquette guide is at http://www.lowendmac.com/lists/netiquette.shtml To post to this group, send email to email@example.com For more options, visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/g3-5-list