Several WD SATA 3.0 hdd’s of the black series were purchased to be used as backup storage.
They connect to stations whose data are to be backed up via USB 3.0 and SATA 3.0 to USB 3.0 adapter cable.
Among all few stations these hdd are used on the USB is the only possibility to get the hdd connected
with the station. To be used as internal drive connected via SATA directly to mainboard not possible.
Stations are: os x, or Windows Vista, or Linux based NAS.
Because the use case is the data backup it is essential to periodically check the hdd condition health.
How to run the SMART tests and query the results in environment as described above?
Some of those stations can attach eSATA. If to connect used hdd via SATA to eSATA adapter cable
will it make the goal achievement easier ?