[nycbug-talk] how to test dying disks?
Thu Oct 21 00:38:11 EDT 2004
On Oct 20, 2004, at 2:27 PM, Dave Steinberg wrote:
>> I've got a new one for myself here, and am shouting out for a url or
>> somesuch to point me in the right direction. It's low priority here,
>> this is for personal fun...
>> I've got a fistfull of failing drives here. I'm not sure exactly how
>> to properly diagnose the broken drives, and don't want to trash the
>> ones which are still funcitoning- but I'm even having problems
>> booting with the drives plugged in (disk geometry crapola).
>> Does anyone know any good shell utilities to diagnose and help me
>> sort out which drives are good and bad, any BSD os? Looking for
>> something which justifies the time spent doing this over just
>> purchasing some new drives...
>> Perhaps tools I can use after booting from CD? (btw, I'm stumped as
>> I've grown up in the Mac world of drive repair, always simple and
>> intuitive gui tools for this kind of thing when I need it...)
> Atactl can provide details on SMART values if your drives support it.
> Then again, I've never really come across anything too interesting
> from SMART diagnostics, but maybe I just haven't seen the right disks.
> It always felt like black magic to me, so I dunno. :-)
I didn't find this tool, but I did find /sbin/atacontrol FreeBSD.
Typing atacontrol cap channel drive (e.g. atacontrol cap 0 0 ) returns
a bunch of info including SMART status. Mine says Support: yes Enable:
no. Anyone know how to enable SMART?
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