How Can I Check the Health of External USB Drives

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TM7412
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How Can I Check the Health of External USB Drives

Post by TM7412 » Sat Feb 03, 2018 7:54 pm

I just had the main HD in my desktop fail & would like to check the health of all of my external backup drives. What is the best way to do that in LM 18.1/Cinnamon?

I tried running Smartctl, but results show the drives lack SMART capability. FWIW, they are also formatted as NTFS.

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Re: How Can I Check the Health of External USB Drives

Post by ClixTrix » Sun Feb 04, 2018 9:19 am

There is a Linux utility that can be used to fix the integrity of NTFS, NTFSFIX. I've never used it on a flash drive.

From Terminal, enter the following command for syntax info.

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ntfsfix --help
Would it be simpler to try a copy of the contents of the flash drive to another drive/location to check the read integrity of the drive? If there are problems, I would expect the log to show them.
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