Clearing SMART errors I don't care about?

Kirk Strauser kirk at
Fri Dec 19 17:38:32 UTC 2008

On Dec 19, 2008, at 11:10 AM, James Tanis wrote:

> To answer your question, I don't believe smartd is sophisticated  
> enough to filter out specific errors. It's meant to warn you at the  
> first sign of drive failure so you will have time to replace the  
> drive. It doesn't exactly provide a meter of how imminent drive  
> failure is. If your going to start ignoring it's advice it isn't  
> going to be very useful to you at all.

I beg to differ.  "smartctl -H /dev/ad8" says that it passes its self- 
assessment and doesn't expect the drive to flat-out die any day soon.   
I'd still like to know if the error count increased, or if it started  
to detect imminent failure.
Kirk Strauser

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