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Smart Suite

Debian Installation

For Debian 4.0 (Etch):

   $ sudo aptitude install smartmontools

If you also want the graphical interface for showing warnings to the user, install smart-notifier:

   $ sudo aptitude install smart-notifier

Useful Commands

Note: Some commands differ depending on whether the drive is IDE, SCSI or SATA. Where an example uses /dev/hda the example command relates to IDE drives. Where the command uses /dev/sda it relates to usage on SCSI.

These examples are intended as quick reminders. Check the man pages for smartctl and read the WARNINGS file distributed with the package before running these commands.

When running these commands, stop the SMART daemon:

   $ sudo /etc/init.d/smartd stop

SMART Information

Assuming the drive you want to test is /dev/hda

   $ sudo smartctl -a /dev/hda

For SATA drives:

   $ sudo smartctl -a -d ata /dev/sda

Quick Offiline Test

For SATA drives add '-d ata' to the command line.

   $ sudo smartctl -s on -t offline /dev/hda
   $ : And when the test completes
   $ sudo smartctl -l error /dev/hda

Short Test

For SATA drives add '-d ata' to the command line.

   $ sudo smartctl -s on -t short /dev/hda
   $ : And when the test completes, or to see progress
   $ sudo smartctl -l selftest /dev/hda

Long Test

For SATA drives add '-d ata' to the command line.

   $ sudo smartctl -s on -t long /dev/hda
   $ : And when the test completes, or to see progress
   $ sudo smartctl -l selftest /dev/hda

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-- Frank Dean - 24 Jan 2009