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Throughout this answer I'll assume that a storage drive appears as a block device at the path /dev/sdc. To find the path of a storage drive in our current setup use Gnome Disks (formerly Gnome Disk Utility, a. k. a. palimpsest), if a GUI is available, or on the terminal look at the output of lsblk and ls -l /dev/disk/by-id and try to find the right device ...


IMO smartctl is a better tool. You likely have to install it first sudo apt-get install smartmontools Then sudo smartctl -a /dev/sda | less to print drive health data, attributes, and available test results. To quit less, type q. Alternatively sudo smartctl -H /dev/sda to just print health data. To begin a new short (a few minutes) or long (up ...

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