- May 29, 2011
Hooking up a bunch of USB HDD's and running tests is a bit of a pain in the arse. Lots of older systems only have USB2, and power and cabling for more than a handful of USB HDD's gets messy quickly. I'm also not sure you can get at the SMART stats via USB. If you happen to have spare slots in your chassis, it may be easier to do this by shucking the drives and doing the tests on native SATA/SAS.Yes, of course. What I meant was, before you pick apart the enclosure (pun intended), take the week to run the tests, and if necessary return the drive in its original state.