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S.M.A.R.T : Using smartctl

Production systems running critical applications has a high requirement to be UP all the time . But there are times when the system suddenly crashes loosing critical data . If it is a disk failure , then we have to reinstall all applications and do the necessary configurations to make the system running again. We may also loose some amount of critical data , even if proper backup is in place. It is always good if we get some kind of alerting that the disk is going to fail in near future . In that case , we can have a scheduled downtime , intimating consumers about the scheduled down time . That will help us to come out of this catastrophe with a minimal impact. SMART monitoring tools is all about this. Let's now have a brief overview of SMART and also how to use SMART tools


What is S.M.A.R.T

S.M.A.R.T stands for Self monitoring , analysis and reporting technology. It is  the industry-standard reliability prediction indicator for both IDE/ATA and SCSI hard …