Identifying a Hard Disk Using hdparm

When working with hard disks it is sometimes difficult to determine which piece of hardware corresponds to which Linux device. The hdparm command can provide identifying information to tie the physical drive to the device file in /dev. For example to find the Model and Serial Number of all /dev/sdX devices present on the system:

# hdparm -I /dev/sd?|grep -E "Number|/dev"
        Model Number:       HDS722516VLSA80                         
        Serial Number:      VN6D3ECDD7RG1D
        Model Number:       WDC WD740GD-00FLA1                      
        Serial Number:      WD-WMAKE1690676
        Model Number:       HDS722525VLSA80                         
        Serial Number:      VN6J3ECFEALJRD
        Model Number:       HDS722525VLSA80                         
        Serial Number:      VN6J3ECFEBSR1D

Note: Not all drives work with hdparm. Some may give an error

 HDIO_DRIVE_CMD(identify) failed: Invalid argument

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TipsAndTricks/IdentifyHardDisk (last edited 2014-04-25 14:29:03 by AnssiJohansson)