get comprehensive information about a hard disk with the Linux command line.

Posted: January 11, 2018. At: 9:10 PM. This was 2 weeks ago. Post ID: 11729
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Getting a lot of useful information about a hard disk drive is easy with Linux. The smartmontools package contains utilities to retrieve a lot of very useful info.

Firstly, install this package.

[email protected]:~$ sudo apt install smartmontools

Then run the command with sudo to get info about a drive.

[email protected]:~$ sudo smartctl -a /dev/sdc

That is how easy it is to get information about a hard drive in a computer with Linux.

Here is an example, this is printing the identity information about the drive.

[email protected]:~$ sudo smartctl -i /dev/sdc
smartctl 6.6 2016-05-31 r4324 [x86_64-linux-4.10.0-42-generic] (local build)
Copyright (C) 2002-16, Bruce Allen, Christian Franke,

Device Model:     WDC WDS240G2G0A-00JH30
Serial Number:    174433800982
LU WWN Device Id: 5 001b44 8b66126b2
Firmware Version: UF300000
User Capacity:    240,065,183,744 bytes [240 GB]
Sector Size:      512 bytes logical/physical
Rotation Rate:    Solid State Device
Form Factor:      2.5 inches
Device is:        Not in smartctl database [for details use: -P showall]
ATA Version is:   ACS-2 T13/2015-D revision 3
SATA Version is:  SATA 3.2, 6.0 Gb/s (current: 6.0 Gb/s)
Local Time is:    Thu Jan 11 12:02:23 2018 AEDT
SMART support is: Available - device has SMART capability.
SMART support is: Enabled

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