A customers drive was corrupted and would not boot. I recovered their data but now want to check if the drive is still any good to reinstall onto? I need to do this in Linux or another program, but, being a linux guy had my trusty distro's laying around. So booted up Mint Mate and ran smartmontools. Don't know how good this tool is or even how to read it. It looks like the drive is no good, and that would be inline with my experience with it so far. It was difficult to even recover files from it, it would not open in Windows so used a file recovery tool to get them. Now, here is the first Short Smartmontools Test Run.
I ran of course "sudo smartctl -t short /dev/sda"
SMART Self-test log structure revision number 1 Num Test_Description Status Remaining LifeTime(hours) LBA_of_first_error # 1 Short offline Completed: read failure 90% 22449 6293560
"read failure 90%" Don't look good to me LOL. I'm guessing there is no need to go any further with the Long Test? This was the Short version, I got the directions at:
Thanks as always pc