Today I met Bruce Allen at SuperComputing 2003. Bruce developed a set of monitoring tools for the SMART utilities on disk drives (that were developed by my group at Quantum – small world). His stuff is in the open source and he would be happy to discuss monitoring and reliability. In our brief discussion he suggested that a script could couple his code with cron collect reliability and pre-failure data over time.
all the best,
… Andy Hospodor, Ph.D.