Re: A Handy Trick

Discussion in 'Computer Security' started by nemo_outis, Dec 30, 2008.

  1. nemo_outis

    nemo_outis Guest

    "nemo_outis" <> wrote in
    news:Xns9B83783EDB4F8pqwertyu@69.16.185.250:

    Two afterthoughts:

    While there are many slick GUI-based programs out there for reading SMART
    values I prefer a rather geeky one which provides the best fine-grained
    reading and *control* - smartctl. Runs on Mac OS X, Linux, FreeBSD,
    NetBSD, OpenBSD, Solaris, OS/2, Cygwin, QNX, eComStation or Windows. Free
    too!

    http://smartmontools.sourceforge.net/

    As for most hard drives not responding to the "disable SMART" commands,
    this is hardly surprising (but very welcome for security/privacy). If it
    could be turned off easily it could lead to all sorts of warranty headaches
    for manufacturers (e.g., someone could misrepresent a heeavy-use failure as
    an "infant death" one, etc.)

    Regards,

    PS Smartctl is well worth experimenting with for the
    diagnostic/predictive/testing aspects of SMART as well as the security use
    I described earlier.
    nemo_outis, Dec 30, 2008
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