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Recommended Links

Monitoring tools working with smartmontools

Munin
GSmartControl

Other open source hard disk monitoring projects

CrystalDiskInfo

Studies / Background on reliability

Vendor disk failure rates: Myth or metric?, Mary Brandel in Computerworld, April 2008.
Hard Disk Drives: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, Jon Elerath (Network Appliance) in ACM Queue vol 5, no 6, pg 28-37, September 2007.

  • From the USENIX FAST Conferences

Are Disks the Dominant Contributor for Storage Failures? A Comprehensive Study of Storage Subsystem Failure Characteristics, Weihang Jiang, Chongfeng Hu, Yuanyuan Zhou, Arkady Kanevsky in 6th USENIX Conference on File and Storage Technologies (FAST '08), pg 111-125, February 2008.

Disk Failures in the Real World: What does an MTTF of 1,000,000 hours mean to you?, Bianca Schroeder, Garth A. Gibson (Carnegie Mellon University) in 5th USENIX Conference on File and Storage Technologies (FAST '07), pg 1-16, February 2007.

Failure Trends in a Large Disk Drive Population, Eduardo Pinheiro, Wolf-Dietrich Weber, Luiz André Barroso (Google Inc.) in 5th USENIX Conference on File and Storage Technologies (FAST '07), pg 17-28, February 2007.

Specifying Reliability in the Disk Drive Industry: No More MTBF's, Jon G. Elerath (IBM Storage Systems Division)
in Proceedings of the IEEE 2000 Annual Reliability and Maintainability Symposium, pg 194, 0-7803-5848-1/00/$10.00.

  • From the Seagate Corporation

Enhanced SMART - Get SMART For Reliability
Playing it SMART ( HTML Version )
Enhanced Drive Self-Test

Bayesian Approaches to Failure Prediction for Disk Drives
Improved Disk-Drive Failure Warnings

  • Useful references on SMART and the ATA/ATAPI standards

  • SCSI References