> Is it at all possible to create and run a bootable version of
> smartmontools on floppy or cd? I need to access SMART attributes
> without writing or otherwise altering a client image.
Ummm, I think so, but haven't done it myself.
Here's what I would do -- others in the group would perhaps do it
I would get the Cool-linux bootable CD image from here:
Mount the .iso image using a loopback device and install smartmontools
into the image (copy smartctl and the man pages -- I don't think anything
else would be useful). Then burn the .iso onto a CD.
This would give you a standalone bootable CD that you could use to examine
disks on a system even if the disks were so trashed that you couldn't boot