Difference between SATA I, SATA II and SATA III

What is the difference between SATA I, SATA II and SATA III? SATA I (revision 1.x) interface, formally known as SATA 1.5Gb/s, is the first generation SATA interface running at 1.5 Gb/s. The bandwidth throughput, which is supported by the interface, is up to 150MB/s. SATA II (revision 2.x) interface, formally known as SATA 3Gb/s, … Read more

Smartctl on Linux

SMART (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology) allows you to see the status or overall health of a hard drive. This information is instumental in providing warning signs of problems with a hard drive. All Linux distributions provide the smartmontools package, which contain the smartctl program used to display SMART information from attached drives. This package … Read more

Hard Drive Tools

With respect to hard drives, the acronym “SMART” stands for Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology. This was built into many ATA-3 and later ATA, IDE and SCSI-3 hard drives. Basically anything after about 2005 should have it. Ubuntu/Debian: CentOS/Fedora/RH: Gentoo: Wiki: http://sourceforge.net/apps/trac/smartmontools/wiki smartctl The program smartctl is used to interface with the SMART features on … Read more