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 Tue 16 Sep 2014, 23:44
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 [7 Posts]  
Author Message
musher0


Joined: 04 Jan 2009
Posts: 4231
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)
Subject description: 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)

Last edited by musher0 on Mon 25 Mar 2013, 12:32; edited 1 time in total
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website 
rg66


Joined: 23 Jul 2012
Posts: 504
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.

_________________
Carolite-1.2 / Carolina-1.2 / X-precise-2.4 / X-slacko-2.1
Carolina
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: 5463
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: 762

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: 4231
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 poster's website 
Display posts from previous:   Sort by:   
Page 1 of 1 [7 Posts]  
Post new topic   Reply to topic View previous topic :: View next topic
 Forum index » Advanced Topics » Hardware
Jump to:  

You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum
You cannot attach files in this forum
You can download files in this forum


Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2005 phpBB Group
[ Time: 0.0540s ][ Queries: 12 (0.0055s) ][ GZIP on ]