hdparm is a command that compiles easily on tiny Puppy Linux >
hdparm -iI /dev/hda#
should give some first info about the IDE HDD
It also works with SATA drives
The man page is very large . Just to update it , i would compile and install a newer hdparm source .
My hdparm is 9.15 so i will do this now ...
It's simply make && make install inside the source ,
default installs to /sbin and /usr/share/man/man8
bash-3.00# hdparm -V
bash-3.00# hdparm -H /dev/sda
drive temperature (celsius) is: 38
drive temperature in range: yes
My HDD is a used Hitachi one
Now to unlock my crashed Laptop Vista HDD