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GSmartControl

GSmartControl

GSmartControl is an open source graphical user interface for smartctl, which is a tool for querying and controlling SMART (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology) data on modern hard disk drives.

This application allows you to inspect the drive's SMART data to determine its health, as well as run various tests on it. GSmartControl supports ATA drives (both PATA and SATA), various USB to ATA bridges and drives behind 3ware RAID controllers.

Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology, or SMART, is a monitoring system for hard drives to detect and report various indicators of reliability, in the hope of anticipating failures. It is implemented inside the drive. SMART provides several ways of monitoring hard drive health. It provides information about general health, various drive attributes (for example, number of unreadable sectors), error logs, and so on. It also provides ways to instruct the drive to run various self-tests, which may report valuable information. It can even automatically scan the disk surface in when the drive is idle, and repair the defects, reallocating the data to more safe areas.

 GSmartControl 0.8.7

Price
Free to download

Size
0.6MB
License

GNU GPL v2 or v3

Developer
Alexander Shaduri

Website
gsmartcontrol.berlios.de

System Requirements
pcre
smartmontools
GTK+ 2.6 or higher
Gtkmm 2.6 or higher
libglademm 2.4 or higher

Support Sites:
SourceForge Project Page

Selected Reviews:
Help Desk Geek

Features include:

  • Automatically reports and highlights any anomalies
  • Allows enabling/disabling Automatic Offline Data Collection - a short self-check that the drive will perform automatically every four hours with no impact on performance
  • Allows enabling/disabling SMART
  • Supports configuration of global and per-drive options for smartctl
  • Performs SMART self-tests
  • Displays drive identity information, capabilities, attributes, and self-test/error logs
  • Can read in smartctl data from a saved file, interpreting it as a read-only virtual device
  • Works on most smartctl-supported operating systems including Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Windows, and Solaris
  • Extensive help information

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