Any hhd tester for Mate?

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Any hhd tester for Mate?

Post by sc2dave » Thu Mar 08, 2018 8:23 pm

I wan to see if my original hdd is still good, Is there a hdd tester that I can run to verify? Mate and laptop is Dell Inspiron 1525

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Re: Any hhd tester for Mate?

Post by kyphi » Thu Mar 08, 2018 8:37 pm

In Cinnamon you can look for a programme called Discs in your main menu (I assume that MATE has something similar). When opened, highlight the drive you want to check, click on the triple stack icon on the top right and select "SMART Data & Self-Tests ...".
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Re: Any hhd tester for Mate?

Post by sc2dave » Thu Mar 08, 2018 8:54 pm

ok, now how do i post here or what to look for? Under type, I see old age and pre-fail. Assessment is all ok

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Re: Any hhd tester for Mate?

Post by kyphi » Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:16 pm

If you have had the patience to run the self-test (activated in the lower left corner) and the result says OK then the drive is OK.
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Re: Any hhd tester for Mate?

Post by Pierre » Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:21 pm

try using - - Accessories - Disks
& see what that tells you . .

click on the three level hamburger in the Top Right Corner, for extra settings & info.
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Re: Any hhd tester for Mate?

Post by phd21 » Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:26 pm

Hi sc2dave,

You can install "smartmontools", "smart-notifier", "gsmartcontrol" form the "Synaptic Package Manager (SPM)".

How to check Hard Drive Disk Health in GNU/Linux - gHacks Tech News 2017
https://www.ghacks.net/2017/07/19/how-t ... -gnulinux/

How to monitor harddisk health with smartmontools on Ubuntu
https://www.howtoforge.com/tutorial/mon ... on-ubuntu/

Webmin - can also use smartmontools
http://www.webmin.com/index.html



whdd/whdd: HDD diagnostic and data recovery tool for Linux
https://github.com/whdd/whdd

WHDD Ubuntu/Debian packages : “WHDD disk drive diagnostic and data recovery tool maintainers” team
https://launchpad.net/~whdd/+archive/ubuntu/stable

Linux Mint 18.x
64-bit
https://launchpad.net/~whdd/+archive/ub ... _amd64.deb
32-bit
https://launchpad.net/~whdd/+archive/ub ... 1_i386.deb

Linux Mint 17.x
64-bit
https://launchpad.net/~whdd/+archive/ub ... _amd64.deb
32-bit
https://launchpad.net/~whdd/+archive/ub ... 1_i386.deb

To install this using the PPA method, open a console terminal, type in, or copy & paste, each line below one by one:
Click "Select All" above command, right click the highlighted command, select Copy (or Ctrl+Insert), click in the console terminal window, and right click paste (or Shift+Insert), repeat for each command.

Code: Select all

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:whdd/stable

Code: Select all

sudo apt-get update

Code: Select all

sudo apt-get install whdd

Hope this helps ...
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Re: Any hhd tester for Mate?

Post by sdibaja » Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:48 pm

GSmartControl
works for Mate, should work with all desktops.

it should be in your software center and synaptic

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Re: Any hhd tester for Mate?

Post by Mute Ant » Thu Mar 08, 2018 11:10 pm

If it works, the Disks program does a pretty good job of benchmark-testing and SMART reporting while the OS is running. Older 32-bit versions were plagued with enigmatic error messages and I stopped using it.

Benchmark doesn't test the whole storage volume, just randomly selected blocks spread across the drive.

SMART can only record minor errors. BackBlaze reported that many drives failed with no SMART warning signs...
https://www.backblaze.com/blog/what-sma ... -failures/
"That means that 23.3% of failed drives showed no warning from the SMART stats we record."

BTRFS has a 'scrub' function that reads every file, while the OS is up-and-running...
sudo btrfs scrub start /

You can do something similar with ext4. This includes all the files that Linux can find, which might not be what you want...
sudo find / -type f -exec bash -c "echo Reading: {} ; cat {} > /dev/zero" ';'
Data stored in an encrypted volume will only be accessible with the original password. Without this key, all the data will remain scrambled beyond hope of recovery.

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Re: Any hhd tester for Mate?

Post by Executioner » Thu Mar 08, 2018 11:30 pm

How does Discs handle SSD's, specifically, trim? Is there a way to invoke trim or is it automatically done?

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Re: Any hhd tester for Mate?

Post by trytip » Thu Mar 08, 2018 11:50 pm

best bet without running LONG exhausting wear down your drive tests is using the aforementioned Disks (gnome-disks in terminal and usually named gnome-disk-utility) in software manager/synaptic then click your drive, menu on the top right,smart data test ... turn it OFF after viewing

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if you get anything OTHER than OK then you can research further and post some results. i have had many hard drives that had a one or two BAD scores but still working. when i do have a BAD score in any drive i will not bother running any tests that will destroy it further, but you may proceed with read/write data tests which will only increase the drive failing faster. gnome-disk-utility works in any desktop. i use it in mate/xfce and kde when i had it
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Re: Any hhd tester for Mate?

Post by all41 » Fri Mar 09, 2018 12:36 am

best bet without running LONG exhausting wear down your drive tests
A good point--suspicious hds should be backed up before such stess--they are much more prone to sector
problems during intense read/write operations. Somewhat akin to a heart patient on a treadmill.
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