Sunday, April 19, 2009

SMART disk monitoring How-To

A small tutorial for getting S.M.A.R.T. disk monitoring.
You can monitor the health and temperature of your hard disks
Note this will only work if your disks support the S.M.A.R.T. feature.

root@dorkbox:~#apt-get install smartmontools
root@dorkbox:~#apt-get install hddtemp

When hddtemp runs it will pop up a window about running the deamon at startup it recommends not to do so, you can choose either way.
If you want to reconfigure this just run dpkg-reconfigure hddtemp to do so.


root@dorkbox:~#apt-get install sensors-applet

You can add a panel applet with this.

There is a front end of for smartmontools, to install GSmartControl using the package available here:

Then use

root@dorkbox:~#dpkg -i gsmartcontrol_0.8.4+nmu1_i386.deb

to install it.
There is also an AMD64 package if needed.
once it finishes running dpkg will complain about needing some missing libraries, just

root@dorkbox:~#run apt-get -f install

and the gsmartcontrol will install them as well.

To run the app
go to: K menu> System> GSMartControl

There may an easier way to do this, it was just the easiest that I found at the moment. Hit back if you need some help or have problems.
Thank you

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