Yes, another post on hard drive health, how to check it and more. And no, I do not have a broken HDD or with problems LOL !!, I just found it interesting to share what I have learned these years about it.
Just yesterday I told you about how to check the health of your HDD, but it was using SMARTMonTools, a tool for the terminal. This time I will talk about how to look at the same thing, but this time from a 100% graphic application, we will use: GSmartControl
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Installation of GSmartControl:
Before using it, the first thing is obviously to install it, for this if you use Debian, Ubuntu or some similar distro:
sudo apt-get install gsmartcontrol
If you use ArchLinux install the package with the same name:
sudo pacman -S gsmartcontrol
How to use GSmartControl?
The first thing is to open it, we must run it with administrative privileges.
Once opened we will see the following image, where what is really important is what I indicate in red, which quickly indicates if the HDD is healthy or not.
However, in the tab Error Log and in Self-test Logs we will find details of errors that have been registered in the logs.
How to test the HDD?
To test the hard drive there is the tab Perform Tests:
They have three options or tests to perform:
- Short Test, duration 1 minute. Quick test.
- Extended Test, duration more than 1 hour. Super complete test, with verification routines and everything.
- Conveyance Test, duration 2 minutes. Test that according to its description, is suitable to detect physical failures, that is, when transporting the HDD or something like that.
Well this has been it. A graphical application that, as you saw, is really simple to use.