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SubjectRe: Hi is this critical??
On Tue, 17 Sep 2002 venom@sns.it wrote:

> On Mon, 16 Sep 2002 jbradford@dial.pipex.com wrote:
>
> >
> > S.M.A.R.T. is useful to prove that a drive is dying, but it is not useful to prove that it is not.
>
> Yes, of course, and this was exaclty what was asked here in the mail
> from xavier that started this thread. The point is if S.M.A.R.T will
> advice before you see seek errors messages from the kernel or not.

It never advised me before seeing problems in the kernel (I had about 5
drives dying running Linux machines).

It should be trivial to just grep the kernel log for the error and mail it
to some address.

Another way to prove a dead drive is (after a backup) to drop it some
until it made a nice broken drive sound (a very high pitch shriek) and
bring it to the store that sold it to you (ideally a small one as they are
less technically challenged then big chains).



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