Ubuntu – Can’t check SMART data on SSD

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I'm trying to check SMART data. I have Ubuntu 18.04 installed on Kingston A1000, M.2 - 480GB SSD.

I can check all other disks but this.

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milano@milano-PC:~$ sudo hdparm -I /dev/nvme0n1p1

 HDIO_DRIVE_CMD(identify) failed: Inappropriate ioctl for device

Do you know how to check it?

Best Answer

  • Since SSD drives are designed to use completely different parameters than HDDs, most SMART utilities do not report SSD data correctly. The smartmontools package for linux contains a utility to scan for SSDs which will report drive health.

    Install the smartmontools package from the command line:

    sudo apt install smartmontools

    Then use the smartctl tool with the following command where X is the letter of the SSD you want to test (in your case it would be /dev/nvme0n1p1 instead of /dev/sdX):

    sudo smartctl -i /dev/sdX

    You can a short test on the SSD with this command:

    sudo smartctl -t short -a /dev/sdX

    Or also a long test with this command:

    sudo smartctl -t long -a /dev/sdX