Provided by: diskscan_0.13-1_amd64
diskscan - scan a disk for failed and near failure sectors
diskscan [options...] block_device
diskscan is intended to check a disk and find any bad sectors already present and assess it for any possible sectors that are in the process of going bad. The operation is all read-only and can cause no direct damage to the data on the disk. diskscan reads the entire block device and notes the time it took to read a block. When there is an error it is immediately noted and also when there is a higher latency to read a block. A histogram of the block latency times is also given to assess the health of the disk. The output of diskscan will show any serious errors or very high latency and will also emit an histogram at the end of the run in the form: I: Validating path /dev/sdg I: Opened disk /dev/sdg I: Scanning disk /dev/sdg Access time histogram: 1: 0 10: 0 100: 0 500: 120 1000: 0 2000: 1 3000: 0 4000: 0 5000: 0 6000: 0 7000: 0 8000: 0 9000: 0 10000: 0 15000: 0 20000: 0 25000: 0 30000: 0 above that: 0 I: Closed disk /dev/sdg This means that all I/Os in this case were between 100 and 600 msec and there were 120 chunks being read. Current these chunks are 1MB in size.
-v, --verbose display verbose information from the workings of the scan use multiple times for increased verbosity. -f, --fix Attempt to fix areas that are nearing failure. This should only be attempted on an unmounted block device and never on an inuse filesystem or corruption is likely. -s <mode>, --scan <mode> Scan mode can be either seq or random, random reduces the chance that the disk will be able spend time to recover data before we try to access a sector but the seeks add noise to the latency measurement. Sequential test is the default and random test is still experimental with regard to its usefulness.
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