As for the values, I've yet to see a program that allows the user to change the threshold value so that the SMART monitoring programs will finally STFU.
(if I remember correctly, that is) that the threshold ratio is calculated and provided by the drive itself, so there might be something wrong with the S.M.A.R.T. module in your drive's System Area. If you are actually interested in the gritty details, check out hddguru.com's forums - those guys are hard to the core and can explain in more detail (but in a lot of broken English).
There may have been a firmware change after your model for fixing just such a problem, but hard drive manufacturers never release updates to hard drive firmware to users unless it's life and death of the company (which is another thing that bothers me about the industry). Out of curiosity, what are the exact models? Are they all MK*GAX / MK*GAK?
I don't think I've actually worked with any Toshiba drives under
40GB, so you may have me there.
I can say that 9 out of 10 Toshiba drives that are >= 40GB that have arrived in my shop one way or another were failing, even if they weren't actually brought in for hard drive replacement / crashing problems. I have
to test every
hard drive before doing anything else (virus scans, etc) so I am quite disappointed in the entire hard drive industry, not just Toshiba.
Almost all of the Toshiba hard drives I've found failing had bearing lubrication problems (one of the two exact problems the "freezer trick" is for), and sometimes during recoveries the head stack would completely collapse onto the platters at 4200+ RPM
. It sounds like someone eating a bowl of Grape Nuts in your ear. It's the sound of complete and utter data loss, and it makes me cringe to know that it's all over.
I'm definitely not out to call an entire company trash without a method to my madness (and I mean you no offense directly about the Toshiba stuff), but suffice it to say I am not happy with what I see day-to-day. I hate working on hard drives - it's almost all I do anymore, and I wish they would all stop failing so much. I'd be ridiculously happy if I never saw a failing hard drive again.
I agree with you on the Fujitsu, though - they have to be second worst, if you will still bear with me while I continue to give Toshiba the #1 spot. Fujitsu has the
worst S.M.A.R.T. implementation I've ever seen in their modern models, where almost all
attributes are un-normalized and none of the major databases (such as smartmontools) are able to normalize them. Normalization sometimes requires a bit of cooperation from the implementor, and you know how hard drive companies are about their stuff - it's all hush hush. But yeah... Fujitsu sucks pretty hard. Hitachi has also not impressed me, despite the rave reviews I keep seeing / hearing about.
I'm a Seagate guy because I know what to expect from them: normalized values, several additional S.M.A.R.T. attributes, lengthy white papers for technical information, and a decent warranty. Now they make "enterprise" drives that have a longer MTBF and I'm all over them.