Hey guys, trying to determine SATA Speeds without Windows installed, the HDD went bad and is not in the Laptop ATM. Using LinuxLiveUSB Session, Mate 17.1-64bit and this Tutorial.
The Tutorial is quite good but I don't know how to read or verify the output? I've tried this on some Windows laptops with various software but not always sure if it is reporting correctly. I may be able to get the HDD to work if this is better done in Windows, but it seems to me that this is a very good way to do this, especially when there is no HDD to muck up the output. These are the things I tried, and got some good outputs, but want to be sure of them before I proceed in my understanding of all this.
My goal is to find out if it is worth installing an SSD or a HDD in a computer, as some folks want the storage space and some want speed. But if the laptop doesn't support SATA-III then may go with an HDD for storage capacity. Some of these laptops are mine and some will be customers. This one I am considering keeping if it is SATA-III, but who knows if I will sell or donate it when it is done.
First commands from the above site:
mint@mint ~ $ dmesg | grep -i sata | grep 'link up' [ 8.988211] ata2: SATA link up 1.5 Gbps (SStatus 113 SControl 300)
mint@mint ~ $ dmesg | grep -i --color ahci [ 8.436092] ahci 0000:00:11.0: version 3.0 [ 8.476584] ahci 0000:00:11.0: irq 41 for MSI/MSI-X [ 8.476652] ahci 0000:00:11.0: AHCI 0001.0300 32 slots 1 ports 6 Gbps 0x2 impl SATA mode [ 8.476658] ahci 0000:00:11.0: flags: 64bit ncq sntf ilck pm led clo pmp pio slum part ccc [ 8.493374] scsi0 : ahci [ 8.496543] scsi1 : ahci
mint@mint ~ $ dmesg | grep -i ahci | grep -i --color Gbps [ 8.476652] ahci 0000:00:11.0: AHCI 0001.0300 32 slots 1 ports 6 Gbps 0x2 impl SATA mode
It seems as though this laptop is SATA-III Capable but from my research on other laptops and chipsets etc, it seems hard to tell sometimes.
I wanted to try these commands but don't know what the "DEVICE-NAME-HERE" is? I'm guessing they are talking about the System Drive, but there is no system drive, but the USB I'm running off of? The HDD is not present atm.
smartctl -a /dev/DEVICE-NAME-HERE smartctl -a /dev/sda | grep "^SATA" smartctl -a /dev/sda
Computer in question