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Old 11-23-2007, 02:19 AM   #1
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Device does not support SMART

when I use smartctl to watch the smart info of my SATA disk
I got this:
smartctl -i /dev/sda
smartctl version 5.36 [i486-slackware-linux-gnu] Copyright (C) 2002-6 Bruce Allen
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Device: ATA      Hitachi HTS54161 Version: SBCO
Serial number:       SB2341SHGGKSPE
Device type: disk
Local Time is: Fri Nov 23 16:14:24 2007 CST
Device does not support SMART
But my disk does support SMART ,I can see it in Windows
and this is my disk info
hdparm -I /dev/sda

ATA device, with non-removable media
        Model Number:       Hitachi HTS541610J9SA00
        Serial Number:      SB2341SHGGKSPE
        Firmware Revision:  SBCOC70P
        Used: ATA/ATAPI-7 T13 1532D revision 1
        Supported: 7 6 5 4
        Logical         max     current
        cylinders       16383   16383
        heads           16      16
        sectors/track   63      63
        CHS current addressable sectors:   16514064
        LBA    user addressable sectors:  195371568
        LBA48  user addressable sectors:  195371568
        device size with M = 1024*1024:       95396 MBytes
        device size with M = 1000*1000:      100030 MBytes (100 GB)
        LBA, IORDY(can be disabled)
        Queue depth: 32
        Standby timer values: spec'd by Vendor, no device specific minimum
        R/W multiple sector transfer: Max = 16  Current = 16
        Advanced power management level: 128 (0x80)
        Recommended acoustic management value: 128, current value: 254
        DMA: mdma0 mdma1 mdma2 udma0 udma1 udma2 udma3 udma4 *udma5
             Cycle time: min=120ns recommended=120ns
        PIO: pio0 pio1 pio2 pio3 pio4
             Cycle time: no flow control=120ns  IORDY flow control=120ns
        Enabled Supported:
           *    SMART feature set
                Security Mode feature set
           *    Power Management feature set
           *    Write cache
           *    Look-ahead
           *    Host Protected Area feature set
           *    WRITE_BUFFER command
           *    READ_BUFFER command
           *    NOP cmd
           *    DOWNLOAD_MICROCODE
           *    Advanced Power Management feature set
                Power-Up In Standby feature set
           *    SET_FEATURES required to spinup after power up
           *    SET_MAX security extension
                Automatic Acoustic Management feature set
           *    48-bit Address feature set
           *    Device Configuration Overlay feature set
           *    Mandatory FLUSH_CACHE
           *    FLUSH_CACHE_EXT
           *    SMART error logging
           *    SMART self-test
           *    General Purpose Logging feature set
           *    WRITE_{DMA|MULTIPLE}_FUA_EXT
           *    64-bit World wide name
           *    IDLE_IMMEDIATE with UNLOAD
           *    SATA-I signaling speed (1.5Gb/s)
           *    Native Command Queueing (NCQ)
           *    Host-initiated interface power management
           *    Phy event counters
                Non-Zero buffer offsets in DMA Setup FIS
                DMA Setup Auto-Activate optimization
                Device-initiated interface power management
                In-order data delivery
           *    Software settings preservation
        Master password revision code = 65534
        not     enabled
        not     locked
        not     expired: security count
        not     supported: enhanced erase
        62min for SECURITY ERASE UNIT.
Checksum: correct
How can I enable SMART?
Old 11-24-2007, 03:42 AM   #2
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IIGC for SATA devices to do SMART you need a recent kernel and an AHCI-compatible motherboard. for details.


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