I'm running Debian Wheezy, stock smartmontools package (smartctl 5.41).

An SSD, Mushkin MKNSSDCR120GB-MX, is reporting usage lifetime information in SMART attribute id 231 (decimal). For hard drives this attribute is Temperature_Celsius, and unfortunately smartmontools is interpreting it as such:

SMART Attributes Data Structure revision number: 10
Vendor Specific SMART Attributes with Thresholds:
231 Temperature_Celsius     0x0013   001   001   010    Pre-fail  Always   FAILING_NOW 21474836481

No, not 21 billion degrees Celsius ... it is supposed to be an indication of the SSD life left.

I tried updating the drive database using the command:

# /usr/sbin/update-smart-drivedb
/usr/share/smartmontools/drivedb.h updated from branches/RELEASE_5_41_DRIVEDB

... and restarting smartd, but the drive is still not recognized as an SSD.

Is there a solution other than adding the backports repo and installing the smartmontools backports version? If I have to do this, then I will, but I currently don't have any backports software on this server and it seems like there must be another way.


When you run update-smart-drivedb it downloads the most recent database from the source site for smartmontools, in theory more recent than any backport.

You should get a reasonable turn around time if you contact them directly ..

From https://www.smartmontools.org/wiki ...

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