GSmartControl - Hard disk drive and SSD health inspection tool

GSmartControl is a graphical user interface for smartctl (from smartmontools package), which is a tool for querying and controlling SMART (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology) data on modern hard disk and solid-state drives. It allows you to inspect the drive's SMART data to determine its health, as well as run various tests on it.


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Check the About & Features page and other links to the left.


News

2014-04-12

GSmartControl home page has been moved from BerliOS to SourceForge due to planned closure of the BerliOS Developer Portal.

2012-08-11

GSmartControl 0.8.7 released. See the Downloads page.
Changes include:

  • Implemented support for Adaptec RAID 5805 controller and possibly other Adaptec models as well (Linux).
  • Implemented support for Areca RAID controller detection under Linux (untested).
  • Implemented support for 3ware 3w-sas-supported (twl) RAID controller detection under Linux (untested).
  • Implemented support for systems with several different 3ware controllers (twa/twe/twl).
  • Fixed invalid parsing of tw_cli output which caused non-detection of drives and controllers with controller or port numbers greater than 9 if tw_cli was found (3ware linux, windows).
  • The duplicate drives are no longer shown for some Intel matrix controllers under Windows; Intel RAID controllers are fully supported under Windows now.
  • Added options to show device name and serial number under drive icons.
  • Updated SMART attribute definitions and added warnings for SSD lifetime attributes.
  • gsmartcontrol-root has a new argument "--desktop=..." which replaces the old positional argument; compatibility with the old invocation syntax has been retained.
  • Completely documented the source using doxygen tags.
  • Added support for Fedora's consolehelper.
  • Made GSmartControl DPI-aware under Windows.
  • Fixed compilation issues with clang and gcc 4.7, as well as glib 2.31.x and newer.
  • Fixed minor issues in NSIS installer.
  • Fixed other minor bugs and made minor improvements.

Also, the Windows version now includes smartctl and update-smart-drivedb.exe from smartmontools 5.43.

2011-06-21

GSmartControl Windows packages have been updated with a working update-smart-drivedb.exe and other minor fixes (thanks to Christian Franke). See the Downloads page.

2011-06-12

GSmartControl 0.8.6 released. See the Downloads page.
Changes include:

  • Support detecting drives behind 3ware controllers (Linux, Windows), including tw_cli/cx/px mode in Windows. Having tw_cli is recommended but not required.
  • Added support for specifying -d option and extra parameters via command line, "Add Device" and "Preferences" dialogs. This change effectively adds full support for multiple drives behind a single device name.
  • Beesu and su-to-root are supported by gsmartcontrol-root script now.
  • Completely revamped the attribute database and its handling, should be a lot more usable and forward-compatible now; SSD attributes are also included.
  • In-program help has been expanded considerably.
  • General improvements to user interface have been implemented (better GNOME HIG compliance, better tooltips, dialogs, etc...).
  • Added ability to show smartctl output for devices whose info could not be parsed fully.
  • Attributes in "brief" format are supported now.
  • The parser has been updated to reflect the recent changes in smartctl.
  • Quit and rescan operations are no longer denied without confirmation when tests are running.
  • The Windows NSIS installer has been vastly improved.
  • Better support for Windows Vista and 7.
  • Changed copyright notices for files with Whatever License to use Unlicense.
  • Added other minor features and fixed quite a few bugs.

Also, the Windows version now includes smartctl and update-smart-drivedb.exe from smartmontools 5.41.

I'd like to say HUGE thanks to Tom H. Lautenbacher, Vassilis Voreopoulos, Christian Franke (and the smartmontools team) and all the others who made this release possible. I'd also like to thank 3ware for donating a piece of hardware so that GSmartControl could support it. Thank you all!

2010-11-30

WARNING! IDENTIFY DEVICE may result in data loss on a Samsung F4 EcoGreen (HD204UI, HD204UI/Z4, HD204UI/UZ4, HD155UI, HD155UI/Z4, HD155UI/UZ4)!

Any program that issues IDENTIFY DEVICE command (including GSmartControl, smartmontools and hdparm) is affected. See the smartmontools wiki page for details.

Do NOT use these programs with Samsung F4 EcoGreen!

UPDATE:
Samsung released a firmware update that should fix this issue.

2010-04-24

Detecting RAID controllers and their properties

I am working on implementing support of various RAID controllers in GSmartControl. Unfortunately, I don't have any RAID controllers, and therefore, no information on how to detect them, the number of ports on each of them, or the port population information.

Basically, what I'm looking for is anything that will help me detect any of these:

  • 3ware under FreeBSD
  • 3ware under Windows
  • LSI MegaRAID under Linux
  • HighPoint RocketRAID under Linux
  • HighPoint RocketRAID under FreeBSD
  • CCISS (HP (Compaq) Smart Array Controller) under Linux
  • CCISS (HP (Compaq) Smart Array Controller) under FreeBSD

I do have some information on these:

  • Areca under Linux (I have full information on how to detect them).
  • 3ware under Linux (I have all the information except the info on how to detect the number of ports without using the proprietary tw_cli tool).

I case you want to help, these are the places you can start searching in (in Linux; no idea about FreeBSD or Windows):

  • /proc/devices
  • /proc/scsi/scsi
  • /proc/scsi/sg/device*
  • /sys/bus/scsi/devices/host*

Anything that resembles your controller name, the number of ports, which ports are populated, and how to map all this to smartctl command parameters is really appreciated. Also, the outputs of {{smartctl -i}} and {{smartctl -a}} when run on non-existent controller, non-existent channel and unpopulated channel is helpful as well.

If you have any information or have one of the RAID controllers listed above and want to help, please contact me at ashaduri 'at' gmail.com.

Thanks a lot in advance!

2010-02-24

Windows packages have been updated to include the latest GTK+ (gtk2-runtime-2.16.6-2010-02-24-ash), while also fixing some minor issues.

2010-02-21

Windows packages have been updated. This version fully supports Windows 7. Apart from that, it includes the latest GTK+, as well as smartctl from smartmontools-5.39.1. See the Downloads page for details.

2009-10-13

Windows packages have been updated. There are four types of packages now - two of them include GTK+ and two of them don't. Both are available in (improved) installer and plain zip format. See the Downloads page for details.

Note: This means that you don't have to install GTK+ in Windows anymore (unless, of course, you want to use a -nogtk package).

2009-09-05

GSmartControl 0.8.5 released. See the Downloads page.
Changes include:

  • GSmartControl now uses XDG config directory for per-user configuration on UNIX and CSIDL_PROFILE directory on Windows. Existing configuration is migrated automatically.
  • The names are shown correctly for unsupported devices even with the latest smartctl snapshots now.
  • Smartctl SVN revision is shown (if available).
  • The progress bars update properly when parallel tests are run.
  • Windows: GSmartControl should be able to operate on any valid filesystem path (not just locale-representable ones).
  • Windows: GSmartControl is now officially compilable on x86_64 via mingw64.
  • Fixed compilation under very old gtkmm/libglademm, and with gcc 4.4.
  • Fixed parsing of multiple error types in SMART error log.
  • Added minor features and fixed miscellaneous bugs.

Also, the Windows version now includes smartctl from smartmontools 5.39-0-20090826-r2878.

2009-03-24

GSmartControl 0.8.4 released. See the Downloads page.
Changes include:

  • Linux Software RAID devices are blacklisted now. (backported from Debian).
  • Attributes tab is before the capabilities tab now.
  • A man page has been generously contributed by Giuseppe Iuculano <giuseppe 'at' iuculano.it>.
  • Smartctl version now includes the CVS snapshot date (if available).
  • Windows: Look for "smartctl-nc.exe" instead of "smartctl.exe" by default.
  • Windows: Use smartmontools-supplied smartctl-nc.exe by default (if found).
  • Other minor changes (mainly Debian backports).

Also, the Windows version now includes smartctl from smartmontools 5.39-0-20090322.

Note: To use smartmontools installation on Windows, GSmartControl needs at least version 5.39-0-20090322 of smartmontools. See smartmontools download page for recent Windows version snapshots.

Huge thanks to Christian Franke for his suggestions and help with the Windows package.

2008-12-27

GSmartControl 0.8.3 released. See the Downloads page.
Changes include:

  • A random "Smartctl returned an empty output" error on Windows was fixed. Thanks to Zurab Khetsuriani for testing.
  • Fixed a parser issue which prevented running self-tests in Windows.
  • The supplied icon (hopefully) shows correctly in Windows 2000 now.
  • This release adds an official support for Windows 2000 SP4.
  • Added scripts to allow GSmartControl to read smartctl data from cron-generated files. This allows users to read somewhat recent smartctl information without having to run GSmartControl as root. Generously contributed by Alex Butcher <alex dot butcher 'at' assursys.co.uk>.
  • Configure script correctly aborts instead of printing a warning if gtkmm or libglademm (if needed) is not found.
  • Configure script now accepts --enable-windows-console, --disable-abort-if-no-gtkmm, --disable-abort-if-no-glade-reader, as well as Windows-supporting "auto" for --enable-nsis-wine and --with-nsis.
  • Configure's --with-win32-env has been renamed to --with-windows-dlls.
  • The "About" dialog shows version information now.
  • Minor bugs were fixed.

2008-12-10

GSmartControl 0.8.2 released. See the Downloads page.
Changes include:

  • Renamed gsmartcontrol_root.sh to gsmartcontrol-root, to make Debian happy.
  • Fixed gsmartcontrol-root script to support distributions with no /usr/sbin in their users' paths (thanks to Erwan Velu).
  • Added desktop auto-detection to gsmartcontrol-root script. This allows us to use only one desktop file (thanks to Erwan Velu).
  • Added Debian package directory (named "debian.dist" for now to avoid control file conflicts with Build Service).
  • Added make targets for Windows packages (zip and NSIS).
  • Fixed Windows-related issues (Vista is fully supported now).
  • Fixed minor bugs:

-- Smartctl parser is win32-locale-aware now. -- No more unnecessary parsing. -- No segfault on exit under Windows and Solaris. -- A friendlier message is displayed if smartctl was not found. -- No highlighted labels when switching tabs in Information window.

2008-11-12

GSmartControl 0.8.1 installer for Windows is available now. See the Downloads page for details. You will need GTK+ for Windows Runtime package to use it. You can get one at gtk-win.sourceforge.net (you must download at least version 2.14.4-2008-11-11 of gtk2-runtime).

2008-11-11

GSmartControl 0.8.1 released. See the Downloads page.
New features include:

  • Disabled Linux "by-id" drive detection - it's unreliable on some broken systems.
  • Added some more attribute descriptions.
  • Our names for attributes override smartctls' now.
  • Added a proper "Add Device" dialog for Windows.
  • Added an icon and resource file for Windows.
  • Fixed minor bugs.

Also, a Windows build is available now from the Downloads page. It has been tested with Windows XP (doesn't seem to work on Windows 2000 yet).

2008-10-20

GSmartControl 0.8.0rc4 (codename "toaster") released. See the Downloads page.
New features include:

  • FreeBSD support (tested with DesktopBSD 1.6 (FreeBSD 6.3) / x86).
  • NetBSD support (tested with NetBSD 4.0.1 / x86).
  • OpenBSD support (tested with OpenBSD 4.3 / x86-64 / gcc-3.3.5).
  • Solaris support (tested with Solaris 10 / x86 / gcc-3.4.3 / blastwave, Solaris 10 / x86 / sunstudio12 / sunfreeware).
  • Code to support Windows, Mac OS X, , DragonFlyBSD.
  • Support of older pcre versions (at least 4.5, maybe older too).
  • Added gsmartcontrol_root.sh script to easily run gsmartcontrol as root.
  • Improved .desktop files.
  • License for tests and examples is legally more correct now.
  • Minor bugfixes.

2008-10-08

GSmartControl 0.8.0rc3 released. See the Downloads page.
New features include:

  • Added support for udevless Linux distributions by providing a fallback /proc/partitions-based drive detection method. The new method adds support for Linux 2.4 and older systems. Thanks to Paul Marwick for reporting and testing.
  • Fixed invalid error messages with directory-related operations.
  • Fixed invalid verbosity levels of console output of debug messages in non-debug builds.
  • Improved rpm spec file - now supports building on Open Build Service with various distributions as targets.

2008-10-05

GSmartControl 0.8.0rc2 released. This release fixes compilation under gcc 4.3.

2008-10-01

Initial release.


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