SMART Notification Email Received But No Smartctl Error Log

This message was generated by the smartd daemon running on:

host name: archdesktop
DNS domain: [Empty]

The following warning/error was logged by the smartd daemon:

Device: /dev/sde [SAT], Read SMART Error Log Failed

Device info:
ST31000524AS, S/N:5VP9CZC8, WWN:5-000c50-02a4da21e, FW:JC4B, 1.00 TB

For details see host’s SYSLOG.

You can also use the smartctl utility for further investigation.
No additional messages about this problem will be sent.

So I went and checked smartctl on the device being reported to me.

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 Extended offline Completed without error 00% 38484 –
# 2 Short offline Completed without error 00% 38480 –

=== START OF READ SMART DATA SECTION ===
SMART overall-health self-assessment test result: PASSED

Several things to speculate here. Could it be that the error being reported is a firmware feature not yet included in smartctl parameters? Besides this particular email notification, no error for this device or any other block device I’m using for this machine is showing up. Why is it happening only for this particular device and not on the others? I’m using 5 other block devices. Could it be just the motherboard reporting that the device is temporarily undetected? The device is not currently mounted but part of an lvm volume group.

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