Re: A Handy Trick

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Two afterthoughts:

While there are many slick GUI-based programs out there for reading SMART
values I prefer a rather geeky one which provides the best fine-grained
reading and *control* - smartctl.  Runs on Mac OS X, Linux, FreeBSD,
NetBSD, OpenBSD, Solaris, OS/2, Cygwin, QNX, eComStation or Windows.  Free
too! /

As for most hard drives not responding to the "disable SMART" commands,
this is hardly surprising (but very welcome for security/privacy).  If it
could be turned off easily it could lead to all sorts of warranty headaches
for manufacturers (e.g., someone could misrepresent a heeavy-use failure as
an "infant death" one, etc.)


PS  Smartctl is well worth experimenting with for the
diagnostic/predictive/testing aspects of SMART as well as the security use
I described earlier.

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