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    Exclamation HDD seems to be broken

    Hello,
    I have Western Digital 320GB HDD and it seems that it's broken. System is very slow and when I type in a terminal as root:

    Code:
    root@pirate:~# hdparm -d /dev/sda5
    
    /dev/sda5:
     HDIO_GET_DMA failed: Inappropriate ioctl for device
    root@pirate:~#
    A few days ago on the same HDD was installed Windows 7, and it was unable to boot. I remember using some kind of SMART tool to check HDD health, maybe you know the name of that app? Or maybe there is not CLI, but GUI version of a program that can check status of HDD using SMART?

    Thank you.

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    Re: HDD seems to be broken

    palimpset (available from System->Administration->Disk Utility) should be able to give you SMART data

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    Re: HDD seems to be broken

    When I launch self test I get "FAILED (READ)", where I can find verbose information?
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    Re: HDD seems to be broken

    I'm not sure to be honest, that's not particularly helpful of it if it doesn't offer you more information than that.

    Your best bet may be to just install smartmontools and try that, not gui though I'm afraid.

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    Re: HDD seems to be broken

    I have installed the package but I cant find the binary of smartmontool. Maybe you could write me a command line how to run it on /dev/sda and get verbose info?
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    Re: HDD seems to be broken

    The binary is smartctl. Try sudo smartctl -A /dev/sdb.

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