Re: IDE Hard Drive maintenance
On January 6, 2003 10:31 pm, the fabulous Lauchlin Wilkinson wrote:
> I was wondering what most people on the list did when it came to keeping
> tabs on the health of IDE hard drives? I have a server in a remote
> location that I fear has one HD that is going flaky. Is there a way of
> doing a bad block scan on a mounted partition safely or am I asking the
I have recently (past 6 months) begun using ide-smart and hddtemp to monitor
health of my IDE drives. I don't have it on a lot of systems yet so they
have yet to aid me in detecting (hopefully pre-detecting) failures.
I'd be very interested in hearing if anyone has successfully used these tools
(or others) for predicting drive failures.
This is from the ide-smart man page:
ide-smart performs and queries the results of various non destructive
tests on a SMART capable IDE DEVICE. You must have a BIOS and hardware
that supports it.
SMART stands for Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology,
which provides near future failure prediction monitoring different
attributes (listed as Id) of the device. If a value of a particular Id
(or attribute) is under a certain threshold, the device most probabily
will be about to fail.
This is from the hddtemp man page:
hddtemp will give you the temperature of your IDE hard drive by reading
Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology (S.M.A.R.T) informa-
tion (on drives that support this feature). Only modern hard drives
have a temperature sensor. hddtemp does not support reading S.M.A.R.T
information from SCSI drives.
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