Repeated Unexpected Inconsistency errors…hard drive gone bad?

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I have gotten a Unexpected Inconsistency error for the fourth time on my laptop in the last couple of weeks. The first three times was when I was running Ubuntu 16.04. fsck managed to fix the corrupt segments twice but on the third time it kept failing, and so I formatted the disk with Linux Mint 18.

It was working fine for the last week or so but gave me the same Unexpected Inconsistency: Run fsck Manually error again today.

Does this mean that there’s something wrong with my hard drive?
How can I find out?

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  1. Run the Disks utility (gnome-disks).
  2. Select your hard drive.
  3. Select the menu button in the top-right corner.
  4. Click SMART Data & Self-Tests

For information on the attributes and which ones are critical, visit:
S.M.A.R.T. – Wikipedia

EDIT: Yes. Your hard drive is failing. If you want to recover any data, turn it off now, and research recovery options.

I recommend running the Linux utility ddrescue, but that is outside the scope of the question you asked.

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