Re: What Utilities to check a Hard Disc?
On Sunday 06 August 2006 19:11, Daniel van Eeden wrote:
> 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
I have now installed smartmontools on a raid1 machine with debian amd64 dual
opterons and two hard disks, used for computation only. At the installation:
Not starting SMART daemon smartd, disabled via
Question: should I activate smartd?
> * 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