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Developer(s) Bruce Allen, Christian Franke, Guido Guenther[1]
Initial release October 2002 (2002-10)
Stable release
6.5[1] / May 7, 2016; 10 months ago (2016-05-07)
Written in C, C++
Operating system Unix-like (Linux, Mac OS X, BSD, others) and Microsoft Windows[1]
Size 822 KB
Type Hard Disk utility
License GNU GPL[1]

Smartmontools (S.M.A.R.T. Monitoring Tools) is a set of utility programs (smartctl and smartd) to control and monitor computer storage systems using the Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology (S.M.A.R.T.) system built into most modern (P)ATA, Serial ATA and SCSI hard drives.[1][2][3]

Smartmontools displays early warning signs of hard drive problems detected by S.M.A.R.T., often giving notice of impending failure while it is still possible to back data up.[4]

From late 2010 ATA Error Recovery Control configuration has been supported by Smartmontools, allowing it to configure many desktop-and laptop-class hard drives for use in a RAID array and vice versa.[5]

Most Linux distributions provide the smartmontools package.[6]

User interface[edit]


smartctl and smartd have a command-line interface.

Third-party GUI[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "smartmontools wiki". Retrieved 2016-08-29. 
  2. ^ von Hagen, William; Jones, Brian K. (2005). "Hack 78: Avoid Catastrophic Disk Failure". Linux Server Hacks, Volume Two. O'Reilly Media, Inc. pp. 346–350. ISBN 978-0-596-10082-7.  via Google Books
  3. ^ Nemeth, Evi; Snyder, Garth; Hein, Trent R.; Whaley, Ben (2010). Unix and Linux System Administration Handbook. Pearson Education. p. 366. 
  4. ^ Allen, Bruce (2004-01-01). "Monitoring Hard Disks with SMART". Linux Journal. Retrieved 2010-07-26. 
  5. ^ Gregory, Richard. "Error recovery control with smartmontools". Liverpool University Department of Computer Science. Retrieved 2013-11-26. 
  6. ^ Danen, Vincent (2010-03-30). "Using smartctl to get SMART status information on your hard drives". TechRepublic. Archived from the original on 2012-07-07. Retrieved 2010-07-26. 
  7. ^ "How S.M.A.R.T. are your disks?". LinuxInsight. 2009-02-08. Retrieved 2010-07-26. 
  8. ^ Frakes, Dan (2009-10-29). "SMART Utility Monitors Hard Drives' Health". PC World. Retrieved 2010-07-26. 
  9. ^ HDD Guardian Web site

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