SMART Disk Diagnosis

SMART is a monitoring system, included in most modern hard disks, that attempts to diagnose disk health and predict impending drive failure. The smartctl/smartd utility of smartmontools is the standard for Linux/Unix and versions of it are available for Windows as well. DiskCheckup also seems to be a good utility for Windows. Many modern controller […]

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RAID Levels

This is a summary of standard and nested RAID levels that I might implement either in a small home/office environment or from enterprise vendors. I’m avoiding the rarely-seen levels like 2, 3, and 4 as well as vendor-specific “RAID” implementations like RAID-S or X-RAID. Fortunately, many major vendors like Dell, Supermicro, and Silicon Mechanics are […]

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