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Check Your Disks' Health With GSmartControl

Oct 24, 2008, 21:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ben Martin)

"GSmartControl is not in the standard Fedora, openSUSE, or Ubuntu repositories. There are 1-click installs available on the openSUSE Build Service for both openSUSE 11 and Fedora 9. I built GSmartControl 0.8.0rc3 from source on a 64-bit Fedora 9 machine using the normal ./configure && make && sudo make install commands.

"GSmartControl is written using the C++ API for GTK+2 (gtkmm24). To talk to your hard drives, GSmartControl uses the smartmontools command-line utility, and for parsing SMART information it uses the PCRE regular expression library.

"GSmartControl looks at all your drives and presents a window similar to that shown in the screenshot below. The two Unknown model icons shown in the screenshot correspond with a RAID device and a USB flash disk. If you do not wish to see these Unknown models you can specify that you want to show SMART-compatible devices only in the General section of the preferences."

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