This tutorial is a collection of syntax and tips for using smart tools on Debian. The following command runs a short test. Change the verb after the
-t flag to
long in order to run a long test. You can optionally add the
-C flag to run the test in the foreground.
smartctl -t short /dev/disk smartctl -t short -C /dev/disk
To check a drive for what it supports or does not, use the
-i flag for information about the drive.
sudo smartctl -i /dev/disk
If time is an issue, use the
-c flag to check how long the test will take.
sudo smartctl -c /dev/disk
To see the results of a test you ran in background mode, use the
-a flag to see all the historical records on the drive in question, including the test results.
sudo smartctl -a /dev/sdc
To only look at the test results, use the following syntax:
smartctl -l selftest /dev/disk
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