Archive for 'Smartmontools'

A nice graphical interface for smartmontools

In my article out SMART your hard drive, I discussed smartmontools and the smartctl comand line utility in detail. The article shows how to view SMART data on a hard drive, conduct self-tests and shows how to configure smartmontools to generate alerts when a drive is about to or has failed. Recently I learned about […]

SMART utilities for your favorite operating system

While perusing the web a few weeks back, I came across SMARTReporter. SMARTReporter is a wicked cool software package that can be used to monitor hard drive SMART data under OS X, and it is 100% free (you should probably send a small donation to the author if you decide to use it). Now that […]

Solaris needs SMART support! Please help!

While attempting to run the smartctl utility a few weeks back on an x86 Solaris 10 host with IDE disk drives, I received the following error: $ smartctl -a /dev/dsk/c1d0s0 smartctl version 5.36 [i386-pc-solaris2.10] Copyright (C) 2002-6 Bruce Allen Home page is http://smartmontools.sourceforge.net/ ####################################################################### ATA command routine ata_command_interface() NOT IMPLEMENTED under Solaris. Please contact smartmontools-support@lists.sourceforge.net […]

Getting around smartmontools linker errors

I posted a blog entry a while back that showed how to setup smartd on a Solaris system. Two individuals left comments indicating that smartmontools wouldn’t build, and one individual (Peter) received the following errors during the build process: gcc -g -O2 -Wall -W -c `test -f ‘os_solaris_ata.s’ || echo ‘./’`os_solaris_ata.s gcc -g -O2 -Wall […]

Smartmontools saves the day!

While booting up my x86 laptop this week, I noticed the following errors on the console: Feb 26 18:16:54 zebox smartd[492]: Device: /dev/ad0, 1 Currently unreadable (pending) sectors Feb 26 18:16:54 zebox smartd[492]: Device: /dev/ad0, 1 Offline uncorrectable sectors Feb 26 18:46:55 zebox smartd[492]: Device: /dev/ad0, 1 Currently unreadable (pending) sectors Feb 26 18:46:55 zebox […]

Adding SMART support to FreeBSD

I first ran across smartmontools about a year ago, and like to install it on all of the systems I manage. This helps me understand the current health of the hard drives in the servers and desktops I manage, and allows me to predict when disk drives are about to fail (this of course assumes […]

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