Linux disk stuff – what brand drive do you have

I always forget commands I don’t use daily; for instance, to get at least some idea about why, at one provider, more drives were breaking than at another provider, I needed the brand of the drivers. Ofcourse I cannot reach the servers physically, only via SSH. Searching Google didn’t give me much on this, but after a long search in forums, I found it;

apt-get install smartmontools

box46:/disk1# smartctl –all /dev/sdc1
smartctl version 5.36 [i686-pc-linux-gnu] Copyright (C) 2002-6 Bruce Allen
Home page is

Device: ATA WDC WD2500YS-01S Version: 20.0
Serial number: WD-WCANY1884382
Device type: disk
Local Time is: Fri Sep 28 04:59:32 2007 CDT

And yes, Western Digital drives seem to break (much) more than Samsung and Hitachi for the same work + load.

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