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Extend the lifetime of your hard disk in Ubuntu Linux

I’ve already read a while back about an article that laptop hard disks in Ubuntu may be experiencing an above average stress that it should be. I forgot about this when I started using Ubuntu on my notebook and only remembered about it when I recently read a Slashdot article entitled “Ubuntu’s Laptop Killing Bug Fixed“.

After reading the article, I sort of did an check on my hard disk to see if I have such a setup that affect’s the lifetime of my hard disk. I was surprised that my Ubuntu Intrepid based notebook that is fairly new has already gone through 5253 Load Cycles — that’s near the half point mark of the 10,000-count alarm point.

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