Hello, world. I've been having a truly annoying issue lately. Every time I try to use my netbook, Ubuntu (my favorite OS, based on Gnu/Linux) mounts the root partition as read-only. This generally only happens if some file-sysem errors are detected, and is used as a means of preventing further damage/corruption. So, I'm forced to run fsck every time I boot. Then after doing so, my partition becomes read-only again, often within seconds of operation, forcing me to reboot and fsck again.
Frustrated by this, I decided to use an HDD diagnostics utility (HD Tune 2.55) I found on the "Mini XP" environment found in Hiren's Boot CD. It found that 1.4% of my drive's blocks were bad. When I checked out some S.M.A.R.T. info with another program (Victoria) It gave my drive some mostly positive information. However, it said my "Load/Unload Cycle Count" was high, and that my "G-Sensor shock counter" wasn't looking so good either, not that I understand what either of these terms are.
To hopefully give you a better idea of what the problem might be, I've attached two screenshots of Victoria and HD Tune, respectively, containing each program's report on my drive.
I think I might have heard somewhere that this is usually an indicator of a drive reaching the end of it's lifespan. So, before I invest in a replacement I must ask if anyone thinks there's any hope for this drive. Thanks in advanced for any useful advice.