nice program: hddtemp

Ian Molton spyro at
Wed Feb 23 17:36:11 PST 2005

Ken Moffat wrote:

>  I use smartctl from smartmontools, but I take what the drives report
> with a big pinch of salt - my 'server' has a couple of 120GB drives in a
> RAID-1 array for backups, and the reported temperatures definitely
> benefit from spinning down when idle.  At the moment, room temperature
> is probably around 22 degrees.  The main drive (40GB seagate) currently
> reports 28 degrees.  One of the RAID drives is also a Seagate, that
> reports 26 degrees, which seems plausible.  The other is a Maxtor, which
> claims to be at 14 degrees (yes, fourteen).  The desktop box I'm using
> at the moment reports the main drive (Seagate) is at 46 degrees, and you
> should have seen what it reported before I improved the cooling 8-)

hddtemp has a conversion table to allow these drives to readout correctly.

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