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Re: What Utilities to check a Hard Disc?

The HDD tools I use are:

* smartmontools
smartctl -a -d ata /dev/sda # show info for SATA disk
smartctl -a /dev/hda        # show info for PATA disk
smartctl -t long /dev/hda   # start long test for PATA disk

* hddtemp
hddtemp /dev/sda            # check temperature for SATA disk

* hdparm
hdparm -I /dev/hda          # show info about acoustics mgmt and more

* e2fsprogs
badblocks -w /dev/hda       # do an DESTRUCTIVE write test on PATA disk

Testing SCSI disks can be don with Seagate Seatools Enterprise for
Linux. (32-bit only?)



On Mon, 2006-08-07 at 01:20 +0900, Craig Hagerman wrote:
> Hi,
> I am wondering what utilities I can use to check the health of my hard
> discs. On my mac powerbook I can check the S.M.A.R.T. status. A few
> months the powerbook indicated the drive was about the fail. I backed
> everythign up and sure enough it DID fail shortly aftewards. I just
> had some strange messages on the console. I did an update and rebooted
> to find messages like:
>    "driveready seekcomplete error"
> which is worrying. Debian wouldn't start up infact. I shutdown and
> restarted in another partition (Ubuntu 32) which did start up OK. I
> tried Debian again and it failed to boot. Tried Ubuntu and it failed.
> (Getting quite worried here.) Tried the 3rd partition (windows) and it
> did boot. After shutting down, Debian booted with no problem. Now I am
> wondering if there is a serious underlying problem, but don't know
> what utilities I can use to assess the situation.
> Any advice about utilities to use would be much appreciated.
> Craig Hagerman

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