Topic: GParted hangs on "Searching /dev/sda partitions"
When opening GParted version 0.12.1-5 with a stock Dell hard drive attached GParted shows the status as "Searching /dev/sda partitions" and the animated loading bar to the right continues to move, but the application never finishes searching partitions and most of the application is greyed out (disabled) with the searching partitions status message indefinitely (longest I've waited is 45 minutes).
If I unplug the hard drive, GParted starts up and works fine on all the other drives I have attached (2 HDD and 3 SSD). I have tested this on two computers using the GParted Live USB drive, Ultimate Boot CD, and Ubuntu as the host systems to open GParted. GParted hangs on all of these systems and both computers while this stock Dell hard drive is attached. I've also switched SATA ports and cables being used to connect to the hard drive.
The Dell hard drive is for an Inspiron Mini 10 netbook and has Windows 7 Starter loaded. I don't receive any type of error message in the terminal when starting GParted from the terminal. I'm unsure of how to prompt GParted for an error log or how to put GParted into some type of debug mode to provide more verbose details other than the "Searching /dev/sda partitions" status mesage.
I am able to boot the Windows 7 OS loaded on the hard drive without any issues and also able to resize partitions using the Windows 7 standard Disk Management application. The drive passes all of Windows disk checks. The SMART log My original goal was to copy these partitions from the stock 250GB hard drive to a 60GB SSD. I first needed to downsize the last partition to around roughly 40 GB to allow all 3 partitions to fit on the 60 GB SSD. I was hoping to use GParted to downsize the 3rd partition but have been unable to use GParted on the disk due to the indefinite searching partitions message.
I have searched this forum and Google for this issue but am unable to find this issue or any similar type of issue being mentioned. I am a bit surprised I haven't been able to find an answer as it seems more people should have ran into this issue.
The only interesting information which I wasn't aware of is the custom Dell MBR information outlined with technical details here: http://www.goodells.net/dellrestore/
I've pasted the fdisk /dev/sda information print out below along with smartctl -a /dev/sda output.
Appreciate any assistance or guidance. Thanks!
fdisk /dev/sda information print out:
Disk /dev/sda: 250.1 GB, 250059350016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders, total 488397168 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x464fe09d
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 2048 206847 102400 de Dell Utility
/dev/sda2 206848 20686847 10240000 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sda3 * 20686848 103699574 41506363+ 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
smartctl -a /dev/sda:
smartctl 5.43 2012-05-01 r3539 [i686-linux-3.2.0-2-486] (local build)
Copyright (C) 2002-12 by Bruce Allen
=== START OF INFORMATION SECTION ===
Model Family: Western Digital Scorpio Blue Serial ATA
Device Model: WDC WD2500BEVT-75A23T0
Serial Number: WD-WX11XXXXXXXX
Firmware Version: 01.01A01
User Capacity: 250,059,350,016 bytes [250 GB]
Sector Size: 512 bytes logical/physical
Device is: In smartctl database [for details use: -P show]
ATA Version is: 8
ATA Standard is: Exact ATA specification draft version not indicated
Local Time is: Sun Jun 10 19:01:51 2012 UTC
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: ( 6780) seconds.
Offline data collection capabilities: (0x7b) SMART execute Offline immediate.
Auto Offline data collection on/off support.
Suspend Offline collection upon new command.
Offline surface scan supported.
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: ( 82) minutes.
Conveyance self-test routine recommended polling time: ( 5) minutes.
SCT capabilities: (0x7037) SCT Status 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 0x002f 200 200 051 Pre-fail Always - 0
3 Spin_Up_Time 0x0027 153 149 021 Pre-fail Always - 1308
4 Start_Stop_Count 0x0032 098 098 000 Old_age Always - 2484
5 Reallocated_Sector_Ct 0x0033 200 200 140 Pre-fail Always - 0
7 Seek_Error_Rate 0x002e 100 253 000 Old_age Always - 0
9 Power_On_Hours 0x0032 099 099 000 Old_age Always - 1084
10 Spin_Retry_Count 0x0032 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 0
11 Calibration_Retry_Count 0x0032 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 0
12 Power_Cycle_Count 0x0032 098 098 000 Old_age Always - 2434
191 G-Sense_Error_Rate 0x0032 001 001 000 Old_age Always - 502
192 Power-Off_Retract_Count 0x0032 200 200 000 Old_age Always - 27
193 Load_Cycle_Count 0x0032 149 149 000 Old_age Always - 153656
194 Temperature_Celsius 0x0022 100 086 000 Old_age Always - 43
196 Reallocated_Event_Count 0x0032 200 200 000 Old_age Always - 0
197 Current_Pending_Sector 0x0032 200 200 000 Old_age Always - 0
198 Offline_Uncorrectable 0x0030 100 253 000 Old_age Offline - 0
199 UDMA_CRC_Error_Count 0x0032 200 200 000 Old_age Always - 0
200 Multi_Zone_Error_Rate 0x0008 100 253 000 Old_age Offline - 0
240 Head_Flying_Hours 0x0032 099 099 000 Old_age Always - 958
241 Total_LBAs_Written 0x0032 200 200 000 Old_age Always - 2151231854
242 Total_LBAs_Read 0x0032 200 200 000 Old_age Always - 2532528321
254 Free_Fall_Sensor 0x0032 200 200 000 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 Short offline Completed without error 00% 0 -
# 2 Short offline Aborted by host 90% 0 -
# 3 Extended offline Aborted by host 70% 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.