SMART disk testing utilities (smartmontools)

Bruce Allen ballen at gravity.phys.uwm.edu
Mon Oct 14 16:09:41 EDT 2002


New versions of smartctl and smartd have been released at:
 http://smartmontools.sourceforge.net/
SMARTMONTOOLS contains two command-line utilities (smartctl, smartd) that
control and monitor storage devices using the Self-Monitoring, Analysis
and Reporting Technology (S.M.A.R.T.) system build into ATA and SCSI Hard
Drives. This is used to check the reliability of the hard drive and to
predict drive failures.

This is very useful on large clusters, because you can get early warning
of impending drive failures, and do hardware-level drive testing while
your system is up and running.

These utilities were previously available in the smartsuite and
ucsc-smartsuite packages.  They have been upgraded to comply with
ATA/ATAPI-5 standards, and now print additional information such as the
self-test error logs of the disk.

Bruce Allen


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