Scary potential HD issue

This one has me a little worried about the potential early failure of my notebook’s HD.

http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/Problem_with_hard_drive_clicking
http://paul.luon.net/journal/hacking/BrokenHDDs.html
https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/acpi-support/+bug/59695

I expect it will be covered by warranty regardless, but I could do with avoiding the inconvenience of warranty claims and replacement downtime.

I’m trying the least aggressive power management setting:

hdparm -B 254 /dev/sda

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