Guido Kollerie wrote:
In my server I have four 40GB IBM Deskstar 120GXP drives attached
to an Adaptec 2400A RAID controller in a RAID-5 configuration
with one of the drives configured as a hot spare.

According to Adaptec's raidutil utility the four drives do not
have the S.M.A.R.T. capability for detecting potential problems.
However according to the IBM/Hitachi datasheet for these drive
they _do_ have this capability:$file/D120GXP_ds.PDF

Is there a way to convince the 2400A that these drives do support
S.M.A.R.T, and if so how do I enable it?

In my experience the fact that 'raidutil -L all' doesn't flag the S.M.A.R.T capability is not really relevant. I've seen 2400A controllers in the past that didn't flag that capability, either, and still disk drives (IBM) failed because of excessive S.M.A.R.T errors, according to the controller's event log.

I have no idea, though, how to check in advance whether S.M.A.R.T is enabled by default in a specific disk drive. However, there is a check box for S.M.A.R.T in the controller's BIOS setup (if I remember correctly), and it was selected by default in all cases I've seen.

Uwe Doering         |  EscapeBox - Managed On-Demand UNIX Servers
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