Insight: List Of Useful Linux Disk Scanning Tools In 2020

Let’s have a quick look into the list of disk scanning tools for the Linux based operating system.

List Of Useful Linux Disk Scanning Tools In 2020

1. S.M.A.R.T System Utilities (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology)

i. Smartctl

smartctl is a command-line utility that controls and monitors the S.M.A.R.T system. Run the following command to install it:

sudo apt-get install smartmontools   #For Debian/Ubuntu systems 
sudo yum install smartmontools       #For RHEL/CentOS systems

The following is an example of a smartctl command for reporting hard disk partition health:

sudo smartctl -H /dev/sda2

ii. Gnome Disk Utility( or Disks)

Gnome disk utility is a GUI based tool. You can create, delete, mount and manage the disk using this tool. It comes pre-installed in most of the Linux systems such as Ubuntu, Fedora, Linux Mint and others.

Search “Disks” in applications dash on Ubuntu, search “Disks” on Menu on Linux Mint and search for Disks and on Fedora, click on Activities type Disks.

2. fsck – Filesystem Consistency Check

fsck is a system utility. It is used for checking the consistency of a file system. It is used to check the file system and optionally repair one or more Linux file systems. It is a critical tool and you should be aware of what you are doing.

Note: Always unmount a partition first before you can run fsck on it.

sudo unmount /dev/sdc1
sudo fsck -Vt vfat /dev/sdc1
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