Percent Lifetime Used attribute for SSDs

Solid state drives sound ideal as they have no spinning parts and are very quiet, but they have a limited lifespan as you can’t write a memory cell only an X amount of times. But how to check your SSD on Linux to see if it is still in good shape? S.M.A.R.T. has become the standard for disk health years ago and can be queried by smartctl. So if we query for the health status and show all available attributes we get a good overview.

$ sudo smartctl -AH /dev/sda
smartctl 6.5 2016-05-07 r4318 [x86_64-linux-4.14.8-300.fc27.x86_64] (local build)
Copyright (C) 2002-16, Bruce Allen, Christian Franke, www.smartmontools.org

=== START OF READ SMART DATA SECTION ===
SMART overall-health self-assessment test result: PASSED

SMART Attributes Data Structure revision number: 16
Vendor Specific SMART Attributes with Thresholds:
ID# ATTRIBUTE_NAME          FLAG     VALUE WORST THRESH TYPE      UPDATED  WHEN_FAILED RAW_VALUE
  1 Raw_Read_Error_Rate     0x002f   100   100   000    Pre-fail  Always       -       0
  5 Reallocate_NAND_Blk_Cnt 0x0033   100   100   000    Pre-fail  Always       -       0
  9 Power_On_Hours          0x0032   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       26329
 12 Power_Cycle_Count       0x0032   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       164
171 Program_Fail_Count      0x0032   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       0
172 Erase_Fail_Count        0x0032   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       0
173 Ave_Block-Erase_Count   0x0032   010   010   000    Old_age   Always       -       2708
174 Unexpect_Power_Loss_Ct  0x0032   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       79
180 Unused_Reserve_NAND_Blk 0x0033   000   000   000    Pre-fail  Always       -       4403
183 SATA_Interfac_Downshift 0x0032   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       0
184 Error_Correction_Count  0x0032   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       0
187 Reported_Uncorrect      0x0032   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       0
194 Temperature_Celsius     0x0022   048   036   000    Old_age   Always       -       52 (Min/Max 21/64)
196 Reallocated_Event_Count 0x0032   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       16
197 Current_Pending_Sector  0x0032   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       0
198 Offline_Uncorrectable   0x0030   100   100   000    Old_age   Offline      -       0
199 UDMA_CRC_Error_Count    0x0032   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       1
202 Percent_Lifetime_Used   0x0031   010   010   000    Pre-fail  Offline      -       90
206 Write_Error_Rate        0x000e   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       0
210 Success_RAIN_Recov_Cnt  0x0032   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       0
246 Total_Host_Sector_Write 0x0032   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       115599678623
247 Host_Program_Page_Count 0x0032   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       2235969936
248 Bckgnd_Program_Page_Cnt 0x0032   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       3472676821

The most interesting attributes are 202 on how much lifetime is left, but also 5, 180 and 9 that show your the number of replaced storage cells and how many hours the disk has been running. If attribute 5 and 180 are changing it is most definitely time to replace this solid state drive as memory cells have been worn out.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *