On a fresh install of 12.04 what is the best/easiest way to see the SMART status of the hard-drive?
Previous ubuntu versions had a nice preinstalled GUI to do so, but I cannot seem to find it anymore.
palimpsest (or start
Disk Utility from the desktop) and look for the
health check feature.
You can use Disk Utility to view S.M.A.R.T. status of HDD.