Cross platform utilities useful for performing various operations on SATA, SAS, NVMe, and USB storage devices
Copyright (c) 2014-2022 Seagate Technology LLC and/or its Affiliates, All Rights Reserved
Welcome to the
openSeaChest open source project!
openSeaChest is a collection of comprehensive, easy-to-use command line diagnostic tools and programming libraries for storage devices that help you quickly determine the health and status of your storage product. The collection includes several tests that show device information, properties and settings. It includes several tests which may modify the storage product such as power management features or firmware download. It includes various commands to examine the physical media on your storage device. Close to 200 commands and sub-commands are available in the various openSeaChest utilities. These are described in more detail below.
Here is an overview presentation we gave at the Storage Networking Industry Association - Storage Developer Conference 2018 that describes the design architecture for the opensea API and openSeaChest storage resource management utilities:
(Note: The openSeaChest team has the utmost respect for the highly regarded sg3_utils, hdparm, sdparm and nvme-cli open source projects. Since this is all pretty low-level stuff, we chose the presentation title "What's better than sg3_utils, hdparm, sdparm?" only to grab the attention of a few extra people attending the SNIA SDC 2018 conference.)
About openSeaChest Command Line Diagnostics
Seagate offers both graphical user interface (GUI) and command line interface (CLI) diagnostic tools for our storage devices. SeaTools for end users is the most popular GUI tools These tools support 15 languages.
openSeaChest diagnostics are command line utilities which are available for expert users. These command line tools assume the user is knowledgeable about running software from the operating system command prompt. CLI tools are in the English language only and use "command line arguments" to define the various tasks and specific devices. openSeaChest diagnostics are available for both Linux and Windows environments.
Linux versions of openSeaChest tools are available as stand alone 32 or 64-bit executables you can copy to your own system. Windows OS versions of openSeaChest diagnostics are also available.
Technical Support for openSeaChest drive utilities is not available. If you have the time to send us some feedback about this software, especially if you notice something we should fix or improve, we would greatly appreciate hearing from you. To report your comments and suggestions, please use the issue reporting feature available in this git repository. Additionally, you can contact us through this email address seaboard @ seagate.com. Please let us know the name and version of the tool you are using.
openSeaChest drive utilities support SATA, SAS, NVMe and USB interface devices. In some cases openSeaChest has successfully recognized PATA and SCSI legacy devices, although the software is not expected to do so.
openSeaChest_Basics - Contains the most important tests and tools. These include Drive Self Test (DST), Device Information, simple firmware download, and a few of the simple data erasure commands.
Other openSeaChest "break out" utilities are available and listed below which offer more in-depth functionality in specific areas. These are:
openSeaChest_Configure - Tools to control various settings on the drives are brought together into this one tool. Typical commands, for example, include Write Cache and Read Lookahead Cache enable or disable. This is where you will find SCSI Mode Page and SCSI Log Page commands.
openSeaChest_Erase - The focus is on data erasure. There are many different choices for erasing data... from simple boot track erase to full cryptographic erasure (when supported). Some commands can take many hours to complete while others may take less than a minute. This tool is designed to erase data which will be lost forever so be sure to back up important data before using this tool. Actually, you should always maintain ongoing backups of your important data even if you do not intend to erase your drive. Seagate is not responsible for lost user data.
openSeaChest_Firmware - Seagate products are run by firmware. Having the latest firmware can improve performance and or reliability of your product. Seagate recommends applying new firmware to enhance the performance and or reliability of your drive. Most products may see one or two firmware updates within the early life of the product.
openSeaChest_Format - Storage products which utilize the SAS, SCSI or Fibre Channel interfaces are able to perform a full low-level media format in the field. The SCSI Format Unit command offers many specialty options to accommodate a variety of conditions and to fine tune the procedure. This complex command deserves its own "break out" utility.
openSeaChest_GenericTests - Read Tests are the original disk drive diagnostic which is to just read every sector on the drive, sequentially. This tool offers several common read tests which can be defined by either time or range. In addition, the Long Generic test has the ability to repair problem sectors, possibly eliminating an unnecessary drive return.
openSeaChest_Info - Historical generic activity logs (like total bytes written and power on hours) and performance logs (like temperature) are available for analytical review. Identification and inquiry data stored on the drive is also provided. A view of SMART and Device Statistics is available when supported by the drive.
openSeaChest_Logs - Several binary logs are maintained on disk drives. These logs are not stored in the user data area. Sometimes these logs are reviewed by support engineers to help analyze event history on the device. These binary data logs are saved to filenames using the drive's serial number and date-time. Some logs are Seagate-specific while many others are common to the interface specifications. Several of these binary logs may be parsed into human-readable form by using the openSeaChest_LogParser utility.
openSeaChest_NVMe - NVMe interface devices tend to have unique commands and challenges. Many of these commands are also unique to NVMe SSD products. This tool gathers the most important commands under one title. This tool is similar to openSeaChest_Basics but for NVMe.
openSeaChest_PassThroughTest - A comprehensive command line tool that can be used to identify and analyze the unique quirks which may be present in a USB-to-SATA or USB-to-NVMe bridge adapter. The findings from this tool are studied to help optimize openSeaChest libraries to send the best and safest device interface commands, which are passed through to the storage device.
openSeaChest_PowerControl - Disk drives offer a multitude of options to manage power. This tool manipulates the various power modes. Some power commands are Seagate-specific while many others are common to the interface specifications.
openSeaChest_Reservations - A tool to assist with persistent reservations available on SAS drives and supported NVMe drives. NOTE: NVMe support under Windows is unavailable. See https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/drivers/storage/nvme-features-supported-by-stornvme for detail on which features are supported by the StorNVMe Miniport driver in Windows.
openSeaChest_Security - Various settings are available on modern Seagate disk drives which may be locked and unlocked. These settings may interact with the operating systems and systems BIOS. Options also include ATA Security Erase for SATA interface drives.
openSeaChest_SMART - This tool provides a closer look at the collected SMART attributes data. SMART stands for Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology. Short Drive Self Test is included as one of the standard SMART commands. In addition, the DST & Clean test has the ability to repair problem sectors, possibly eliminating an unnecessary drive return.
If this is your drive, you should always keep a current backup of your important data.
Many tests and commands are completely data safe, while others will change the drive (like firmware download or data erasure or setting the maximum capacity, etc). Be careful using openSeaChest because some of the features, like the data erasure options, will cause data loss. Some commands, like setting the maximum LBA, may cause existing data on the drive to become inaccessible. Some commands, like disabling the read look ahead buffer, may affect the performance of the drive. Seagate is not responsible for lost user data.
Important note: Many tests in this tool directly reference storage device data sectors, also known as Logical Block Addresses (LBA). Test arguments may require a starting LBA or an LBA range. The predefined variable 'maxLBA' refers to the last sector on the drive. Many older SATA and SAS storage controllers (also known as Host Bus Adapters [HBA]) have a maximum addressable limit of 4294967295 [FFFFh] LBAs hard wired into their design. This equates to 2.1TB using 512 byte sectors. This also means accessing an LBA beyond the 2.1TB limitation either will result in an error or simply the last readable LBA (usually LBA 4294967295 [FFFFh]) depending on the actual hardware. This limitation can have important consequences. For example, if you intended to erase a 4TB drive, then only the first 2TB will actually get erased (or maybe even twice!) and the last 2TB will remain untouched. You should carefully evaluate your system hardware to understand if your storage controllers provide support for greater than 2.1TB.
Note: One gigabyte, or GB, equals one billion bytes when referring to hard drive capacity. This software may use information provided by the operating system to display capacity and volume size. The Windows file system uses a binary calculation for gibibyte or GiB (2^30) which causes the abbreviated size to appear smaller. The total number of bytes on a disk drive divided by the decimal calculation for gigabyte or GB (10^9) shows the expected abbreviated size. See this FAQ for more information http://knowledge.seagate.com/articles/en_US/FAQ/172191en?language=en_US.
BINARIES and SOURCE CODE files of the openSeaChest open source project have been made available to you under the Mozilla Public License 2.0 (MPL-2.0). The openSeaChest project repository is maintained at https://github.com/Seagate/openSeaChest.
Compiled binary versions of the openSeaChest utilities for various operating systems may be found at https://github.com/Seagate/ToolBin/tree/master/openSeaChest
This collection of storage device utility software is branched (forked) off of
an original utility collection called the
Seagate SeaChest Utilities by Seagate
Technology LLC. The original SeaChest Utilities are still available at
www.seagate.com or https://github.com/Seagate/ToolBin/tree/master/SeaChest.
Binary versions are available for Linux or Windows, with the Windows versions
signed by Seagate Technology LLC.
opensea-common - Operating System common operations, not specific to storage standards. Contains functions and defines that are useful to all other libraries.
opensea-transport - Contains standard ATA/SCSI/NVMe functions based on open standards for these command sets. This layer also supports different transporting these commands through operating systems to the storage devices. Code depends on opensea-common.
opensea-operations - Contains common use cases for operations to be performed on a storage device. This layer encapsulates the nuances of each command set (ATA/SCSI) and operating systems (Linux/Windows etc.) Depends on opensea-common and opensea-transport.
Depending on your git version & client you can use either of the following two commands to clone the repository.
git clone --recurse-submodules -j8 https://github.com/Seagate/openSeaChest.git
git clone --recursive https://github.com/Seagate/openSeaChest.git
Note that cloning recursively is important as it clones all the necessary submodules.
See BUILDING.md for more information about how to use git.
See BUILDING.md for information on how to build the openSeaChest tools on Windows, Linux, FreeBSD, and Solaris/Illumos.
Contributions & Issues
See CONTRIBUTING.md for more information on contributions that will be accepted. This document also describes how to create an issue, generate a pull request, and licenses that will be accepted.
See SECURITY.md for information on Seagate's security policy for details on how to report security vulnerabilities.
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Support and Open Source Statement
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This software uses open source packages obtained with permission from the relevant parties. For a complete list of open source components, sources and licenses, please see our Linux USB Boot Maker Utility FAQ for additional information.
The newest online version of the openSeaChest Utilities documentation, open source usage and acknowledgement licenses, and our Linux USB Boot Maker FAQ can be found at: https://github.com/Seagate/openSeaChest.
Copyright (c) 2014-2022 Seagate Technology LLC and/or its Affiliates, All Rights Reserved
BINARIES and SOURCE CODE files of the openSeaChest open source project have been made available to you under the Mozilla Public License 2.0 (MPL). Mozilla is the custodian of the Mozilla Public License ("MPL"), an open source/free software license.
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