GSmartControl: check the health status of your hard drives

GSmartControl

GSmartControl is another of the series of apps that I am releasing for those who were not aware that it existed. In this case, it is an app with a simple and intuitive graphical interface that operates on the basis of smartctl, which is a command line tool to obtain information and control the SMART system of the storage media.

You know that S.M.A.R.T. is the acronym for Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology, and it can help you check the health of your hard drives and solid storage media. That is, you will be able to see if your HDD, SSD, or external media units are in good condition or if they may present problems that would lead to data loss.

GSmartControl manages to do this by a series of tests performed to storage drives to check status. Then it displays the results graphically in its UI. That's how simple it is to perform the checks with this software.

When the test is run, you will be able to see information about the medium you have analyzed (brand, model, capacity, ...), and also the state if the test has passed and is correct (green), or if problems have been detected and the test has failed (red). Of course, you can see a complete report with what the test has determined, whatever the result.

The parameters that SMART controls to determine the health status are: unit temperature (it can reveal problems with the HDD motors), reading speed (it can determine internal or signal problems), starting or spin-up time (may reflect problems in the motor of mechanical disks), reassigned disk sectors (indicates errors in storage and that memory may be nearing its end), seek speed or seek time, head flight height (may indicate head crashes), use of ECC or error correction codes, and error counting (indicates media problems), etc. 

Thanks to SMART technology and programs such as GSmartControl, you can prevent catastrophes in your memories and anticipate to carry out backup before it's too late and you lose your data due to a serious failure in your storage drive. And as you can see, you will not need high knowledge for it, the program will take care of everything ...


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  1.   Mephisto Feles said

    Thanks. I did not know this wonder existed and it is available in the Debian repositories.
    With this I was able to find information that I did not know about my records.
    I will install it on my other PCs.
    Thanks once again

  2.   leoramirez59 said

    And how is it installed?

    1.    noxonsoftwares said

      It installs:
      sudo apt install gsmartcontrol

  3.   Hector Ramirez said

    Greetings. I comment that the repositories of my distribution -LinuxMint 19.X- do not recognize the name "gsmartcontrol" and that the request for information with search key "* smart *" does not generate the expected result -nothing from gsmart * -. Is there a URL that I can visit to download this app and be able to test it on my system? Thanks.