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ik_5
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Registered: ‎12-04-2011
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big IO operations on t420s makes it hangs

I have t420s, and when I try to copy a lot of information to some disk on keys, or between hard-drives but with a lot of IO operations, at some point the whole computer freezes, and only by removing the power cord and the battery, that I can make it poweroff.

 

I tried to let it work for 4 hours at the first time, before I decided to go this way.

I have on the laptop today Arch Linux (64 bit), but it also happened with the original Windows copy I had on the laptop.

 

How can I figure out what is wrong, and have anyone else encountered that type of problem before ?

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ColonelONeill
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Re: big IO operations on t420s makes it hangs

Can you check all of the hard drives (including internal one) for bad sectors? Use HD Tune's trial and go to the Health tab to grab the SMART data.
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Ideasmiths
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Re: big IO operations on t420s makes it hangs

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It might be window itself. Have you tried those file moving software like teracopy?

 

If you are moving a lot of video/pictures files, this may normally caused hangups, because window is trying to copy/delete those thumbnail pics(hidden files). Turning of indexing services may help

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ik_5
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Re: big IO operations on t420s makes it hangs

Smart by itself report no errors at all. From Linux, this is what it provides me with:

 

sudo smartctl --all -d ata /dev/sda
 
smartctl 5.42 2011-10-20 r3458 [x86_64-linux-3.1.4-1-ARCH] (local build)
Copyright (C) 2002-11 by Bruce Allen, http://smartmontools.sourceforge.net

=== START OF INFORMATION SECTION ===
Device Model:     HITACHI HTS723232A7A364
Serial Number:    E3834563HPDKGN
LU WWN Device Id: 5 000cca 61dd7d275
Firmware Version: EC2ZB70B
User Capacity:    320,072,933,376 bytes [320 GB]
Sector Size:      512 bytes logical/physical
Device is:        Not in smartctl database [for details use: -P showall]
ATA Version is:   8
ATA Standard is:  ATA-8-ACS revision 6
Local Time is:    Mon Dec  5 09:25:23 2011 IST
SMART support is: Available - device has SMART capability.
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:                (   45) seconds.
Offline data collection
capabilities:                    (0x5b) SMART execute Offline immediate.
                                        Auto Offline data collection on/off support.
                                        Suspend Offline collection upon new
                                        command.
                                        Offline surface scan supported.
                                        Self-test supported.
                                        No 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.
                                        General Purpose Logging supported.
Short self-test routine
recommended polling time:        (   2) minutes.
Extended self-test routine
recommended polling time:        (  77) minutes.
SCT capabilities:              (0x003d) SCT Status supported.
                                        SCT Error Recovery Control supported.
                                        SCT Feature Control supported.
                                        SCT Data Table supported.

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     0x000b   100   100   062    Pre-fail  Always       -       0
  2 Throughput_Performance  0x0005   100   100   040    Pre-fail  Offline      -       0
  3 Spin_Up_Time            0x0007   246   246   033    Pre-fail  Always       -       1
  4 Start_Stop_Count        0x0012   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       1265
  5 Reallocated_Sector_Ct   0x0033   100   100   005    Pre-fail  Always       -       0
  7 Seek_Error_Rate         0x000b   100   100   067    Pre-fail  Always       -       0
  8 Seek_Time_Performance   0x0005   100   100   040    Pre-fail  Offline      -       0
  9 Power_On_Hours          0x0012   097   097   000    Old_age   Always       -       1694
 10 Spin_Retry_Count        0x0013   100   100   060    Pre-fail  Always       -       0
 12 Power_Cycle_Count       0x0032   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       147
191 G-Sense_Error_Rate      0x000a   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       0
192 Power-Off_Retract_Count 0x0032   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       3670029
193 Load_Cycle_Count        0x0012   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       5024
194 Temperature_Celsius     0x0002   200   200   000    Old_age   Always       -       30 (Min/Max 16/44)
196 Reallocated_Event_Count 0x0032   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       0
197 Current_Pending_Sector  0x0022   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       0
198 Offline_Uncorrectable   0x0008   100   100   000    Old_age   Offline      -       0
199 UDMA_CRC_Error_Count    0x000a   200   200   000    Old_age   Always       -       0
223 Load_Retry_Count        0x000a   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       0

SMART Error Log Version: 1
No Errors Logged

SMART Self-test log structure revision number 1
Num  Test_Description    Status                  Remaining  LifeTime(hours)  LBA_of_first_error
# 1  Vendor (0x50)       Completed without error       00%         0         -

SMART Selective self-test log data structure revision number 1
 SPAN  MIN_LBA  MAX_LBA  CURRENT_TEST_STATUS
    1        0        0  Not_testing
    2        0        0  Not_testing
    3        0        0  Not_testing
    4        0        0  Not_testing
    5        0        0  Not_testing
Selective self-test flags (0x0):
  After scanning selected spans, do NOT read-scan remainder of disk.
If Selective self-test is pending on power-up, resume after 0 minute delay.

 

 

Windows is no longer installed on my machine at all, but it happens also when it was using Windows.

 

Could memory usage can also have such effect ?

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ColonelONeill
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Re: big IO operations on t420s makes it hangs

How much RAM do you have?

Not sure why it would hard freeze... Large amounts of 4K disk read/writes tend to choke hard drives, but only so far as to slow operation, not a full crash.
W520: i7-2720QM, Q2000M at 1090/695/1390, 22GB RAM, 500GB HDD, FHD screen
TPT1: 1839-23U, stock ICS
X61T: L7500, 3GB RAM, 500GB HDD, XGA screen, Ultrabase
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ik_5
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Registered: ‎12-04-2011
Location: Israel
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Re: big IO operations on t420s makes it hangs

I have 4 Giga of RAM, and swap size of almost 5 Giga.