Need help with hard drive corruption, Urgent.


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Jun 19, 2019
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So I've been having an issue with hard drive corruption on my laptop for a very long time. Recently it has been that every single distro, ranging from Ubuntu to solus to fedora, has been rendered unusable by hard drive corruption. I got some advice from someone who works in It about it and they thought it was that my ram was getting corrupted when I suspend and then written to disk, but disabling suspend did not work. My laptop is a Lenovo ideapad-15abr. I've done smart tests on my hard drive, and everything comes up as ok. I'm not sure what to do at this point, because in another week my current distro, pop_os, is going to be corrupted. I will be happy to provide any additional information if needed. I am attaching the gnome disks info for my hard drive and the smart test results.


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G'day @copperly and welcome to :)

I am not much up on hardware but I can ask a couple of questions that might help others assist.

How much RAM does the Lenovo have, and is it in the form of two or more sticks? If so, you can remove and replace one stick at a time and determine if one of them is faulty.

What is the model number of the Lenovo so we can look at the specs?

Or at the Pop!_OS Terminal, you can type and enter

inxi -Fxz

and provide us with the output. If you do that, copy and paste the text from Terminal, and you can use the Codes field in your Reply Pane Menu Bar (3 dots and a down arrow right of the emoji).

I have Pop! in my stable of 90, so if I can assist there, I willl.

Good luck

Chris Turner
It could be worth giving the machine a soak test overnight with memtest86, last time I experienced problems like this it was due to a faulty ram module. The machine "appeared" to run okay but experienced random crashes and random corruption.
here's the output for inxi -Fxz

System:    Host: pop-os Kernel: 5.0.0-15-generic x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 8.3.0 Desktop: Gnome 3.32.1
           Distro: Pop!_OS 19.04 base: Ubuntu 19.04 Disco
Machine:   Type: Laptop System: LENOVO product: 80XS v: Lenovo ideapad 320-15ABR serial: <filter>
           Mobo: LENOVO model: LNVNB161216 v: SDK0J40709WIN serial: <filter> UEFI: LENOVO v: 5QCN19WW date: 09/29/2017
Battery:   ID-1: BAT0 charge: 28.5 Wh condition: 31.7/33.3 Wh (95%) model: SANYO L16S2PB1 status: Discharging
CPU:       Topology: Quad Core model: AMD FX-9800P RADEON R7 12 COMPUTE CORES 4C+8G bits: 64 type: MCP arch: Excavator rev: 1
           L2 cache: 1024 KiB
           flags: lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 sse4a ssse3 svm bogomips: 21559
           Speed: 1389 MHz min/max: 1400/2700 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 1392 2: 1392 3: 1527 4: 1684
Graphics:  Device-1: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] Wani [Radeon R5/R6/R7 Graphics] vendor: Lenovo driver: amdgpu v: kernel
           bus ID: 00:01.0
           Device-2: AMD Topaz XT [Radeon R7 M260/M265 / M340/M360 / M440/M445] vendor: Lenovo driver: amdgpu v: kernel
           bus ID: 03:00.0
           Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.4 driver: amdgpu resolution: 1920x1080~60Hz
           OpenGL: renderer: AMD Radeon R7 Graphics (CARRIZO DRM 3.27.0 5.0.0-15-generic LLVM 8.0.0) v: 4.5 Mesa 19.0.2
           direct render: Yes
Audio:     Device-1: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] Kabini HDMI/DP Audio vendor: Lenovo driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel
           bus ID: 00:01.1
           Device-2: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 15h Audio vendor: Lenovo driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel
           bus ID: 00:09.2
           Sound Server: ALSA v: k5.0.0-15-generic
Network:   Device-1: Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 802.11ac Wireless Network Adapter vendor: Lenovo driver: ath10k_pci v: kernel
           port: 3100 bus ID: 01:00.0
           IF: wlp1s0 state: up mac: <filter>
           Device-2: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet vendor: Lenovo driver: r8169 v: kernel port: 2000
           bus ID: 02:00.0
           IF: enp2s0 state: down mac: <filter>
           Device-3: Qualcomm Atheros type: USB driver: btusb bus ID: 1-1.1:3
Drives:    Local Storage: total: 1.82 TiB used: 33.72 GiB (1.8%)
           ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: Seagate model: ST2000LM007-1R8174 size: 1.82 TiB temp: 29 C
Partition: ID-1: / size: 1.78 TiB used: 31.44 GiB (1.7%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda3
           ID-2: swap-1 size: 4.00 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/dm-0
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 36.9 C mobo: N/A
           Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A
           GPU: device: amdgpu temp: 36 C device: amdgpu temp: 42 C
Info:      Processes: 306 Uptime: 4m Memory: 11.19 GiB used: 2.23 GiB (19.9%) Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Compilers: gcc: 8.3.0
           Shell: bash v: 5.0.3 inxi: 3.0.33

I believe that I have run memtest in the past to no errors, but I'll run a more in-depth test. I haven't had any random crashes, I'll just turn off my computer and when I turn it back on it boots into an emergency shell and my root partition will be corrupted.
I forgot to say, it's never the entire drive that gets corrupted, just my root partition. It was my root partition when I had a separate home partition and when I didn't. I could fsck it to mitigate the issue for a little bit, but after I got the first message it would always end up crashing permanently.
Ouch ! :(

My bad, too, although thanks for that info.

I should have asked for

inxi -m

for memory, so you have 12 GB RAM, that will be at least 2 sticks.


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