cPanel smartcheck? Possible Failure - BRAND NEW SERVER

jols

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We are putting up a new server, and I received a number of these messages yesterday (see below), ThePlanet tells me this "The drive failure message looks to be a false positive and can be ignored."

Anyone have any ideas, or can anyone here confirm the "false positive" theory? Thanks much.

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[cPanel smartcheck] Possible Hard Drive Failure Soon
S.M.A.R.T Errors on /dev/sda
From Command: /usr/sbin/smartctl -q errorsonly -H -l selftest -l error /dev/sda
Please note the following marginal Attributes:
ID# ATTRIBUTE_NAME FLAG VALUE WORST THRESH TYPE UPDATED WHEN_FAILED RAW_VALUE
190 Airflow_Temperature_Cel 0x0022 060 025 045 Old_age Always In_the_past 40
----END /dev/sda--
 

serversignature

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190 Airflow_Temperature_Cel 0x0022 060 025 045 Old_age Always In_the_past 40

Attribute 190 means that the HDD exceeded the temperature threshold at some time in the past.

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I will check my HDD using the badblocks command to verify. badblocks is used to search for bad blocks on a device (usually a disk partition). badblocks is part of the e2fsprogs package and is available from E2fsprogs: Ext2 Filesystem Utilities


WARNING: You need to backup your data, Never use the -w option on a device containing an existing file system. This option erases data!

The below simply verifies that each block can be read.

badblocks -s -v /dev/sdx

-s = show progress
-v = verbose mode

~# badblocks -s -v /dev/sda1
Checking blocks 0 to 1044223
Checking for bad blocks (read-only test): ^C4.28% done, 0:09 elapsed
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eth00

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The key is if you are renting servers they are rarely completely new hardware -- new to YOU but not new to operating. Many datacenters run tests prior to turning a machine over to a new client but they don't always catch everything so a good idea to always double check yourself even if no errors.