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#1 2012-12-06 09:43:22

anark10n
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High disk i/o activity on inactive hard disk

On a recently bought internal hard disk which i made into an external, filesystem: ext4. when i mount it, conky shows high disk i/o activity even when it's not in use. i've got several other hard disks from the same manufacturer (seagate) that show none of these problems. when trying to do a SMART test, i get this error

sk_disk_check_sleep_mode: Operation not supported (udisks-error-quark, 0)

Any ideas oon how best to troubleshoot this. my google-fu has failed me sad

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#2 2012-12-07 01:03:05

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Re: High disk i/o activity on inactive hard disk

Is the test you are trying to run supported by the disk?

Note that it is not just the disk type but also the connection and enclosure which will affect what's available. What does smartctl -a /dev/sdX give?


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#3 2012-12-08 02:29:12

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Re: High disk i/o activity on inactive hard disk

use the -d switch when using smartctl.  I just set it to auto. 


What files are being accessed on the external?

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#4 2012-12-08 16:54:29

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Re: High disk i/o activity on inactive hard disk

here's the out for smartctl with the -a switch, the -d switch kept saying it needed a device as the final argument even though i had entered it

smartctl 6.0 2012-10-10 r3643 [x86_64-linux-3.6.9-1-ARCH] (local build)
Copyright (C) 2002-12, Bruce Allen, Christian Franke, www.smartmontools.org

=== START OF INFORMATION SECTION ===
Model Family:     Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 (AF)
Device Model:     ST3000DM001-9YN166
Serial Number:    Z1F0PESD
LU WWN Device Id: 5 000c50 04d6afb62
Firmware Version: CC4B
User Capacity:    3,000,592,982,016 bytes [3.00 TB]
Sector Sizes:     512 bytes logical, 4096 bytes physical
Rotation Rate:    7200 rpm
Device is:        In smartctl database [for details use: -P show]
ATA Version is:   ATA8-ACS T13/1699-D revision 4
SATA Version is:  SATA 3.0, 6.0 Gb/s (current: 1.5 Gb/s)
Local Time is:    Sat Dec  8 18:50:07 2012 WAST

==> 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
See vendor-specific Attribute list for marginal Attributes.

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: 		(  584) 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: 	 ( 345) minutes.
Conveyance self-test routine
recommended polling time: 	 (   2) minutes.
SCT capabilities: 	       (0x3085)	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   115   100   006    Pre-fail  Always       -       85332792
  3 Spin_Up_Time            0x0003   093   093   000    Pre-fail  Always       -       0
  4 Start_Stop_Count        0x0032   100   100   020    Old_age   Always       -       7
  5 Reallocated_Sector_Ct   0x0033   100   100   036    Pre-fail  Always       -       0
  7 Seek_Error_Rate         0x000f   100   253   030    Pre-fail  Always       -       87090
  9 Power_On_Hours          0x0032   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       201
 10 Spin_Retry_Count        0x0013   100   100   097    Pre-fail  Always       -       0
 12 Power_Cycle_Count       0x0032   100   100   020    Old_age   Always       -       7
183 Runtime_Bad_Block       0x0032   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       0
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   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       0 0 0
189 High_Fly_Writes         0x003a   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       0
190 Airflow_Temperature_Cel 0x0022   050   044   045    Old_age   Always   In_the_past 50 (0 83 56 29 0)
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       -       5
193 Load_Cycle_Count        0x0032   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       27
194 Temperature_Celsius     0x0022   050   056   000    Old_age   Always       -       50 (0 27 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      -       101h+55m+19.643s
241 Total_LBAs_Written      0x0000   100   253   000    Old_age   Offline      -       734943607685
242 Total_LBAs_Read         0x0000   100   253   000    Old_age   Offline      -       327498796

SMART Error Log Version: 1
No Errors Logged

SMART Self-test log structure revision number 1
No self-tests have been logged.  [To run self-tests, use: smartctl -t]


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.

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#5 2012-12-09 03:52:34

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Re: High disk i/o activity on inactive hard disk

So how are you trying to run the test exactly?


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#6 2012-12-09 07:17:13

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Re: High disk i/o activity on inactive hard disk

smartctl -d /dev/sdX, smartctl -ad /dev/sdX, smartctl -da /dev/sdX. tried all those combinations. that first give the error message i describe above, while the last one seems to take the -a as a device name. am i doing it wrong?

@not_sure
I'm not sure how to check the files being accessed, this happens even when i'm not doing anything on the hard disk.

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