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How can I check the SMART status of a SSD or HDD on current versions of Ubuntu 14.04 through 20.04?
January 5, 2017
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This answer is migrated from a duplicate question closed here (What happend to SMART data (disk selftest option)).
The question above has been changed to require Ubuntu versions after 14.04 but the answers haven’t changed and don’t apply to Ubuntu 16.04. As such it caused confusion as described in the closed question.
Dash the first option on the
Launcher and type
disks. Select the icon that appears. If the
disks program isn’t available you need to install it first with:
sudo apt-get install gnome-disk-utility
disks main screen looks like this:
Notice the “hamburger” menu in the top right corner. Select it to get a drop down menu where you can select the SMART screen shown below:
If you require further explanation please comment below.
SMART option greyed out
In comments it was mentioned the SMART option was greyed out. This can happen with NVMe SSD’s. In this case referring to this answer:
You need to first install NVMe SSD specific SMART tools:
sudo apt install nvme-cli
Then run the program to report health of drive:
$ sudo nvme smart-log /dev/nvme0 Smart Log for NVME device:nvme0 namespace-id:ffffffff critical_warning : 0 temperature : 40 C available_spare : 100% available_spare_threshold : 10% percentage_used : 0% data_units_read : 28,167,888 data_units_written : 19,397,424 host_read_commands : 561,183,142 host_write_commands : 171,788,833 controller_busy_time : 1,354 power_cycles : 2,385 power_on_hours : 1,363 unsafe_shutdowns : 133 media_errors : 0 num_err_log_entries : 608 Warning Temperature Time : 0 Critical Composite Temperature Time : 0 Temperature Sensor 1 : 40 C Temperature Sensor 2 : 51 C
The most important data point is:
percentage_used : 0%
When it hits 100% it is time worry about replacing your drive. That said this drive is two years old and still at