How can I check how many hours a drive has been used for? I looked in Drive Utility but I didn't see it in the smart data. Is there a better way or program for this? Thanks

  • What do you mean by hours on the drive? – hellocatfood Jun 3 '13 at 21:52
  • WoW! fast reply. I was looking for how many hours the drive has been used. Hopefully, this will help determine if the drive had a hard use life or rarely used. Thanks – user164215 Jun 3 '13 at 22:05

smartctl -A <device> as root from the command line will show you SMART parameter 9, "Power_On_Hours", if the drive supports it.

  • If you don't have installed you have to write sudo apt-get install smartmontools – Leo Jun 3 '13 at 22:01

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