smartd failed

Posted on 2007-07-25
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I just setup RH ES4.0 QU4, but during boot process smartd shows status as failed. How can I fix it.
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by:Kamran Arshad
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What is the error in /var/log/messages...?
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by:Kamran Arshad
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You can also look at this forum. It is for CentOS but since CentOS is also RH ES4 compatible so it should work:


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smartd startup failed.
Drive: /dev/sda, implied '-a' directive on line 32 of file /etc/smartd
Unable to register scsi device /dev/sda (no directive -d removable) exiting.
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by:Kamran Arshad
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Please read the below article:


You need to edit your /etc/smartd.conf file .
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m1tk4 earned 1000 total points
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Most likely you are using either SATA or SCSI drives and/or a controller that are not supported by Linux smartd. In my experience, about half of modern drives and controllers are like that, and the newer your hardware the more is likelihood that SMART will not work right.

It's not RHEL specific, any Linux OS will be like this. You may try running RHEL5/CentOS5 to see if newer drivers fix the problem but I highly doubt that.

Disable smartd using ntsysv or chkconfig .

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