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I am getting SMART Status 184 end to end error, and "Disk failure is imminent", suggesting I need to get a new hard drive, and I will do.

But now I am also getting error messages such as when running vim:

vim: error while loading shared libraries: libgnomeui-2.so.0: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

or apt-get update:

apt-get: error while loading shared libraries: /usr/lib/libapt-pkg.so.4.11: invalid ELF header

Just wondering if the imminent disk failure is causing these problems?

System is Ubuntu 10.10 dual boot xp 64bit

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Disk failures sometimes cause data corruption, but more often they result in unreadable data. Do a memory test; that can trigger data corruption that goes undetected for a while. –  Gilles Feb 22 '12 at 23:33
    
SMART is usually incorrect by omission: i.e. failing to warn you when a disk is about to die. When SMART warns you like this, feel lucky, and assume failure is indeed imminent. –  Warren Young Feb 23 '12 at 22:32
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Disk failure can cause all sorts of problems, as files, binaries, libraries etc may become corrupted so the safest assumption is yes.

So ensure you have all data backed up, and get a new disk now.

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It's likely: libraries fail to load or get corrupted because of disk failures.

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