According to the marketing materials, my notebook as a 120GB hard drive. Translating marketing GB (1,000,000,000 bytes) into computer science GB (1024 cubed, or 1073741824 bytes per GB) that 120GB is really about 111.8 real gigabytes. And, that’s what the partition table shows for the hard drive.
But that’s NOT what Vista sees when it looks at the drive.
That’s reporting an 85.2 GB drive! Where did 26.6 GB go?
In typical fashion, I Googled around, reformated and restored the drive, ran CHKDSK, repartioned, reformatted, restored, and so on. Windows just won’t see more than the 85.2. Finally, I decided to ask the drive to take a look at itself. I grabbed a Windows version of the SmartMon Tools.
SmartMon is usually installed as a part of a Linux installation, but you have to install it into a Windows environment. Modern drives (those made for the past 10 years) have S.M.A.R.T software embedded in their controllers and are capable of monitoring their own health. The SmartMon tools communicate with the S.M.A.R.T. controllers.
smartctl, the command line tool, quickly reported what’s happened. The SMART attribute “Reallocated_Sector_Ct” reports 8,589,934,592,000 sectors have been relocated. At, the math doesn’t come out to 26 GB, but it’s a strong indicator that the drive is in really bad shape. I guess the time it fell off the top of my rolling bag at PHX and hit the floor hard might have done some damage.
I’m now backing up a lot more frequently and have a new disk on order from Amazon.
smartctl version 5.38 [i686-mingw32-vista-sp2] Copyright (C) 2002-8 Bruce Allen Home page is http://smartmontools.sourceforge.net/ === START OF INFORMATION SECTION === Model Family: Fujitsu MHV series Device Model: FUJITSU MHV2120BH PL Serial Number: [No Information Found] Firmware Version: 00000029 Device is: In smartctl database [for details use: -P show] ATA Version is: 3 ATA Standard is: Exact ATA specification draft version not indicated Local Time is: Wed Nov 04 13:03:53 2009 CST SMART support is: Available - device has SMART capability. Enabled status cached by OS, trying SMART RETURN STATUS cmd. 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: ( 702) seconds. Offline data collection capabilities: (0x7b) SMART execute Offline immediate. Auto Offline data collection on/off support. Suspend Offline collection upon new command. 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. No General Purpose Logging support. Short self-test routine recommended polling time: ( 2) minutes. Extended self-test routine recommended polling time: ( 82) minutes. Conveyance self-test routine recommended polling time: ( 2) minutes. SMART Attributes Data Structure revision number: 16 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 100 100 000 Pre-fail Always - 14649 2 Throughput_Performance 0x0005 100 100 000 Pre-fail Offline - 31784960 3 Spin_Up_Time 0x0003 100 100 000 Pre-fail Always - 1 4 Start_Stop_Count 0x0032 099 099 000 Old_age Always - 1430 5 Reallocated_Sector_Ct 0x0033 100 100 000 Pre-fail Always - 8589934592000 7 Seek_Error_Rate 0x000f 100 100 000 Pre-fail Always - 4083 8 Seek_Time_Performance 0x0005 100 100 000 Pre-fail Offline - 0 9 Power_On_Seconds 0x0032 094 094 000 Old_age Always - 3152h+12m+19s 10 Spin_Retry_Count 0x0013 100 100 000 Pre-fail Always - 0 12 Power_Cycle_Count 0x0032 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 1255 192 Power-Off_Retract_Count 0x0032 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 102 193 Load_Cycle_Count 0x0032 098 098 000 Old_age Always - 42284 194 Temperature_Celsius 0x0022 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 35 (Lifetime Min/Max 3/60) 195 Hardware_ECC_Recovered 0x001a 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 734 196 Reallocated_Event_Count 0x0032 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 442826752 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 - 0 200 Multi_Zone_Error_Rate 0x000f 100 100 000 Pre-fail Always - 28853 203 Run_Out_Cancel 0x0002 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 1533291396628 240 Head_Flying_Hours 0x003e 200 200 000 Old_age Always - 0