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Old 02-27-2015, 07:03 AM   #1
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Checking Multiple Hard Disks in one batch


Hi there,

I need to check 12 hard disk for health. I've got a server which can hold up to 4 disks at a time and was wondering if I could boot a live cd and use a linux disk checking utility to check all 4 disks one after another consecutively instead of one at a time?

All the other boot time software I found only checks one at a time with manual intervention after each one. I would ideally like to set a batch of 4 to be checked over night.

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Old 02-27-2015, 08:02 AM   #2
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You've not given a lot of Info here I'm afraid. If your server is an HP Proliant you should be able to run up the bootable HP Smartstart diagnostics and check all set it up to check all the disks, you can also set up multiple passes.

Caveats:
The server would have to be an HP Proliant.
You'd need the correct diagnostics for whichever generation of Proliant it is.

Maybe you can tell us exactly what sort of server you're going to use.
Maybe knowing the disk type would be useful, SCSI, SATA, SAS, etc.

On the Linux side, I don't know of a disk testing utility which comes preinstalled in a live distro, probably a rescue type one?

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Old 02-27-2015, 09:23 AM   #3
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without knowing specific details of the op's requirements, something like this mite be helpful:
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fsck -n /dev/sda1 &
fsck -n /dev/sdb1 &
fsck -n /dev/sdc1 &
fsck -n /dev/sdd1 &
 
Old 02-28-2015, 03:08 AM   #4
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Hi,

Thank you for your replies.

Apologies for not being clearer.

There isn’t an OS, it’s a 1U server rack with 4 SATA hard disk ports. I’m currently using Western Digital’s DOS digital lifeguard (dlgdiag_5_22.zip) to run at boot time but this can only do one at disk a time with no scheduling option. Each disk takes about 2.5 hours for a full scan. I don't need to keep any of the data on the hard disks, just check if there good or need to be thrown.

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Old 02-28-2015, 07:00 AM   #5
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are you able to run a live-usb on it ?
 
Old 02-28-2015, 08:08 AM   #6
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How about PXE booting? On the pxe server side you can do everything. Boot something local after the check, or it can be time based. You can even start the server with etherwake, and you can log the results, etc.
 
Old 02-28-2015, 09:14 AM   #7
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Hi,

Yes I can boot from USB and cd/dvd.

Astra's Sysinfo tool says it can run in batch

http://www.sysinfolab.com/astra.htm

Will give that a go!

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