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Old 10-16-2010, 11:44 AM   #1
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Question Problem in running S.M.A.R.T check


i try to run smart check on SATA hard disk drive , didn't work at all

root@server [~]# smartctl --all /dev/sda
smartctl version 5.38 [i686-redhat-linux-gnu] Copyright (C) 2002-8 Bruce Allen
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Device: 3ware    Logical Disk 0   Version: 1.2
please try adding '-d 3ware,N'
you may also need to change device to /dev/twaN or /dev/tweN
root@server [~]# smartctl -a -d 3ware,2 /dev/sda
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Device Model:     [No Information Found]
Serial Number:    [No Information Found]
Firmware Version: [No Information Found]
Device is:        Not in smartctl database [for details use: -P showall]
ATA Version is:   1
ATA Standard is:  Exact ATA specification draft version not indicated
Local Time is:    Sat Oct 16 18:42:34 2010 EET
SMART is only available in ATA Version 3 Revision 3 or greater.
We will try to proceed in spite of this.
SMART support is: Ambiguous - ATA IDENTIFY DEVICE words 82-83 don't show if SMART supported.
                  Checking for SMART support by trying SMART ENABLE command.
                  SMART ENABLE appeared to work!  Continuing.
SMART support is: Ambiguous - ATA IDENTIFY DEVICE words 85-87 don't show if SMART is enabled.
A mandatory SMART command failed: exiting. To continue, add one or more '-T permissive' options.
root@server [~]# lsmod | grep 3w
3w_xxxx                29025  5
scsi_mod              141973  5 scsi_dh,sg,libata,3w_xxxx,sd_mod
Old 10-16-2010, 11:57 AM   #2
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Did you try to enable smartctl?

smartctl --smart=on --offlineauto=on --saveauto=on /dev/hda
Enable SMART on drive /dev/hda, enable automatic offline testing every four hours, and enable autosav-
ing of SMART Attributes. This is a good start-up line for your system´s init files. You can issue
this command on a running system.
Old 10-16-2010, 11:59 AM   #3
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What about...

For SMART to run, you need support for it in your BIOS and SMART has to be activated on the HDD itself. Have you checked that you have these prerequisites?

As an example, I have a Samsung HDD on which there is an on/off setting for SMART in the HDD firmware. It is available through the Samsung HDD utility, ESTOOL.

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