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Know When Your Drives are Failing, With Smartd

Dec 09, 2008, 16:35 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mike Diehl)

"It's the sound of a hard drive trying to move it's read/write heads into a position that they don't seem to want to go to or its trying to read a sector that just isn't there anymore. Of course, modern hard drives have come a long way and are amazingly reliable, but if you work with computers long enough, you're bound to have one fail on you.

"I know that a lot has been written about smartd and I was hesitant to pile on even more, but let's just say, for now, that I write about what I know about, and that lately, I've come to know a lot about disk drive failures...

"Running smartd on your servers and workstations is just like performing backups; its something you know you should be doing, but probably aren't, or at least not regularly. I'm hoping that this article will help convince you that now's the time to start."

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