How To Quickly Check HDDs For SMART Errors Using Linux Mint / Ubuntu Terminal

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Here’s how to quickly check HDDs for SMART errors using Linux Mint / Ubuntu terminal:

1. Issue the following command at the terminal –

sudo apt-get install smartmontools

How To Quickly Check HDDs For SMART Errors Using Linux Mint / Ubuntu Terminal

2. When prompted for ‘Postfix Configuration’ select ‘<Ok>’.

How To Quickly Check HDDs For SMART Errors Using Linux Mint / Ubuntu Terminal

3. Next, select ‘No configuration’ and then ‘<Ok>’.

How To Quickly Check HDDs For SMART Errors Using Linux Mint / Ubuntu Terminal

How To Quickly Check HDDs For SMART Errors Using Linux Mint / Ubuntu Terminal

4. After the installation is complete, issue the following command at the terminal to check your first HDD for SMART errors –

sudo smartctl -a /dev/sda

How To Quickly Check HDDs For SMART Errors Using Linux Mint / Ubuntu Terminal

To check your second HDD for SMART errors use the following command at the terminal –

sudo smartctl -a /dev/sdb

To check your third HDD for SMART errors use the following command at the terminal –

sudo smartctl -a /dev/sdc

…and so on.

[Note that the output shown in the screenshot is for a virtual machine’s disk. You’ll see the SMART errors, if any, for physical HDDs in a real PC.]

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