Puppy Linux Discussion Forum Forum Index Puppy Linux Discussion Forum
Puppy HOME page : puppylinux.com
"THE" alternative forum : puppylinux.info
 
 FAQFAQ   SearchSearch   MemberlistMemberlist   UsergroupsUsergroups   RegisterRegister 
 ProfileProfile   Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   Log inLog in 

The time now is Wed 17 Dec 2014, 15:55
All times are UTC - 4
 Forum index » Advanced Topics » Hardware
How can you predict when a disk is going to croak? (SOLVED)
Moderators: Flash, Ian, JohnMurga
Post_new_topic   Reply_to_topic View_previous_topic :: View_next_topic
Page 1 of 1 Posts_count  
Author Message
musher0


Joined: 04 Jan 2009
Posts: 4430
Location: Gatineau (Qc), Canada

PostPosted: Sat 23 Mar 2013, 01:16    Post_subject:  How can you predict when a disk is going to croak? (SOLVED)
Sub_title: Are there any Linux utilities for that?
 

Hello,all.

I'm rebuilding a machine and I'd like to evaluate some disks I have. How can I tell if a used disk is worth re-installing?

I see the S.M.A.R.T. entry in the BIOS, but I'm unsure how it works, or if it's appropriate for this use.

Thanks in advance for any help.

musher0

_________________
"Logical entities must not be multiplied needlessly." / "Il ne faut pas multiplier les êtres logiques inutilement." (Ockham)

Edited_time_total
Back to top
View user's profile Send_private_message Visit_website 
rg66


Joined: 23 Jul 2012
Posts: 620
Location: Vancouver, BC Canada / Entebbe, Uganda Africa!?!

PostPosted: Sat 23 Mar 2013, 02:17    Post_subject:  

"S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology; often written as SMART) is a monitoring system for computer hard disk drives to detect and report on various indicators of reliability, in the hope of anticipating failures."

Just turn it on and if there is problems, you will find out at boot.

I normally dl the manufacturer's diagnostic utility and boot from it to do a thorough test, this can take some time though. The Seagate one is good because it can test drives from a few other manufacturer's.

_________________
X-slacko-2.3 - X-precise-2.4 - Carolite-1.2 - Carolina-1.2
X-slacko new repo
X-precise/X-slacko
Back to top
View user's profile Send_private_message 
Bligh

Joined: 08 Jan 2006
Posts: 484
Location: California

PostPosted: Sat 23 Mar 2013, 06:21    Post_subject:  

In my non commercial experience, actual hdd failures have been very rare in normal usage. I have most disk utilities I could obtain when they were available. I have never found anything that could predict disk life. grc markets a program they claim can do just that but it is fairly pricey. I don't have it. Most failures have been software related I have many hdd's, one 40 gb disk which appeared to have many bad sectors,most were near the center of the disk. I created a 10 gb partition at the beginning of the disk then a small linux swap partition then a 10 data partition at the end of the disk. It appears to work ok. I don't use it for anything I want to keep.
Cheers
Back to top
View user's profile Send_private_message 
pemasu


Joined: 08 Jul 2009
Posts: 5465
Location: Finland

PostPosted: Sat 23 Mar 2013, 06:45    Post_subject:  

Quote:
# smartctl -H /dev/sda
smartctl 5.41 2011-06-09 r3365 [i686-linux-3.8.3-upup] (local build)
Copyright (C) 2002-11 by Bruce Allen, http://smartmontools.sourceforge.net

=== START OF READ SMART DATA SECTION ===
SMART overall-health self-assessment test result: PASSED
Back to top
View user's profile Send_private_message 
linuxcbon

Joined: 09 Aug 2007
Posts: 796

PostPosted: Sat 23 Mar 2013, 07:03    Post_subject:  

smartmontools-5.39.1-i486.pet can be found at
http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=51995
Back to top
View user's profile Send_private_message 
Monsie


Joined: 01 Dec 2011
Posts: 633
Location: Kamloops BC Canada

PostPosted: Sun 24 Mar 2013, 04:44    Post_subject: How can you predict when a disk is going to croak?  

musher0,

I have been using Gsmartcontol in Wary Puppy. ttuuxxx made a Pet a few years ago and it seems to work fine in many different breeds. You can find more info here and/or download the necessary package(s).

Monsie

_________________
My username is pronounced: "mun-see". Derived from my surname, it was my nickname throughout high school.
Back to top
View user's profile Send_private_message 
musher0


Joined: 04 Jan 2009
Posts: 4430
Location: Gatineau (Qc), Canada

PostPosted: Mon 25 Mar 2013, 12:32    Post_subject:  

Thank you all for your insight and information !

musher0

_________________
"Logical entities must not be multiplied needlessly." / "Il ne faut pas multiplier les êtres logiques inutilement." (Ockham)
Back to top
View user's profile Send_private_message Visit_website 
Display_posts:   Sort by:   
Page 1 of 1 Posts_count  
Post_new_topic   Reply_to_topic View_previous_topic :: View_next_topic
 Forum index » Advanced Topics » Hardware
Jump to:  

Rules_post_cannot
Rules_reply_cannot
Rules_edit_cannot
Rules_delete_cannot
Rules_vote_cannot
You cannot attach files in this forum
You can download files in this forum


Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2005 phpBB Group
[ Time: 0.0536s ][ Queries: 12 (0.0042s) ][ GZIP on ]