Originally Posted by Mac The Knife
If you're running Karmic and the drive is a SMART drive then the easiest way to get all the disk health info is to go into the Palimpsest Disk Utility (System->Administration->Disk Utility) and click on "More Information" for the drive.
Originally Posted by k_ross
If you want to run every possible drive test, run the drive's built-in self test also:
smartctl -t long /dev/sdX
It takes about 4 hours on a 1 TB drive. It's a non-destructive, read-only test that can be run during normal system operation.
Well I got 9.10 installed and looked at the Palimpsest Disk Utility and there was a warning in the "Reallocated Sector Count" section (see attachment) for my old 60 GB IDE drive
So I thought I would run a
sudo smartctl -t long /dev/sdb
Checking the results with
sudo smartctl -a /dev/sdb
smartctl version 5.38 [i686-pc-linux-gnu] Copyright (C) 2002-8 Bruce Allen
Home page is http://smartmontools.sourceforge.net/
=== START OF INFORMATION SECTION ===
Model Family: Western Digital Caviar family
Device Model: WDC WD600BB-00CAA1
Serial Number: WD-WCADS1038943
Firmware Version: 17.07W17
User Capacity: 60,022,480,896 bytes
Device is: In smartctl database [for details use: -P show]
ATA Version is: 5
ATA Standard is: Exact ATA specification draft version not indicated
Local Time is: Wed Jan 13 13:13:25 2010 CST
SMART support is: Available - device has SMART capability.
SMART support is: Enabled
=== START OF READ SMART DATA SECTION ===
SMART overall-health self-assessment test result: PASSED
General SMART Values:
Offline data collection status: (0x85) Offline data collection activity
was aborted by an interrupting command from host.
Auto Offline Data Collection: Enabled.
Self-test execution status: ( 0) The previous self-test routine completed
without error or no self-test has ever
Total time to complete Offline
data collection: (2340) seconds.
Offline data collection
capabilities: (0x3b) SMART execute Offline immediate.
Auto Offline data collection on/off support.
Suspend Offline collection upon new
Offline surface scan supported.
Conveyance Self-test supported.
No Selective Self-test supported.
SMART capabilities: (0x0003) Saves SMART data before entering
Supports SMART auto save timer.
Error logging capability: (0x01) Error logging supported.
No General Purpose Logging support.
Short self-test routine
recommended polling time: ( 2) minutes.
Extended self-test routine
recommended polling time: ( 43) minutes.
Conveyance self-test routine
recommended polling time: ( 5) minutes.
SMART Attributes Data Structure revision number: 16
Vendor Specific SMART Attributes with Thresholds:
ID# ATTRIBUTE_NAME FLAG VALUE WORST THRESH TYPE UPDATED WHEN_FAILED RAW_VALUE
1 Raw_Read_Error_Rate 0x000b 200 200 051 Pre-fail Always - 0
3 Spin_Up_Time 0x0007 090 088 021 Pre-fail Always - 4583
4 Start_Stop_Count 0x0032 098 098 040 Old_age Always - 2463
5 Reallocated_Sector_Ct 0x0033 199 199 140 Pre-fail Always - 1
7 Seek_Error_Rate 0x000b 200 200 051 Pre-fail Always - 0
9 Power_On_Hours 0x0032 060 060 000 Old_age Always - 29335
10 Spin_Retry_Count 0x0013 100 100 051 Pre-fail Always - 0
11 Calibration_Retry_Count 0x0013 100 100 051 Pre-fail Always - 0
12 Power_Cycle_Count 0x0032 098 098 000 Old_age Always - 2421
196 Reallocated_Event_Count 0x0032 199 199 000 Old_age Always - 1
197 Current_Pending_Sector 0x0012 200 200 000 Old_age Always - 0
198 Offline_Uncorrectable 0x0012 200 200 000 Old_age Always - 0
199 UDMA_CRC_Error_Count 0x000a 200 253 000 Old_age Always - 0
200 Multi_Zone_Error_Rate 0x0009 200 200 051 Pre-fail Offline - 0
SMART Error Log Version: 1
No Errors Logged
SMART Self-test log structure revision number 1
Num Test_Description Status Remaining LifeTime(hours) LBA_of_first_error
# 1 Extended offline Completed without error 00% 936 -
# 2 Short offline Completed without error 00% 932 -
# 3 Short offline Completed without error 00% 901 -
# 4 Conveyance offline Completed without error 00% 642 -
# 5 Conveyance offline Completed without error 00% 0 -
Could anyone help me interpret this information? Last thing I want to do is setup a new HTPC with a questionable hard drive running the OS!!