We’re down to the last bits of reset/upgrade/recovery on all the systems; I’m finally monkeying with the Hitachi hard drive that started throwing read errors in my laptop.

SMART status check reports zero (0) read failures on this Hitachi drive ever. That’s what the drive’s firmware thinks.

The gddrescue disk recovery tool is down to reading 4144 bytes per second a it tries to chew through all the read errors on this first pass; it hasn’t successfully read a whole 512-byte disk block in 1.1 hours.

I think we’ve found our “SMART got ruined by marketing departments” champion.

eta: The Procession of the Dead: