I have a server containing 10 hard disks. Device /dev/sdh is reporting uncorrectable read errors on btrfs scrub. How can I determine which physical disk corresponds to /dev/sdh?

I know I can get the disks' model numbers and serial numbers with hdparm -I /dev/sd? and I can get mountpoints with findmnt or lsblk. However, I am not finding a way to connect /dev/sdh to a hard disk by serial number, which is what I need.

  • Are UUIDs not sufficient? Have you tried using labels? Aug 3 '18 at 2:03


On servers where I have a lot of HDDs I've traditionally used lsscsi to determine which HDD is plugged into which port.

You can use this output to get the names + the device & generic device names:

$ lsscsi -g
[0:0:0:0]    disk    ATA      Hitachi HDT72101 A3AA  /dev/sda   /dev/sg0
[2:0:0:0]    disk    ATA      Hitachi HDS72101 A39C  /dev/sdb   /dev/sg1
[4:0:0:0]    disk    ATA      Maxtor 6L200P0   1G20  /dev/sdc   /dev/sg2
[12:0:0:0]   disk    WD       My Passport 25E2 4005  /dev/sde   /dev/sg5
[12:0:0:1]   enclosu WD       SES Device       4005  -         /dev/sg6

And use this to get the list of ports on your MB that correspond to the above devices:

$ lsscsi -H
[0]    ahci
[1]    ahci
[2]    ahci
[3]    ahci
[4]    pata_atiixp
[5]    pata_atiixp
[12]    usb-storage

You can also use the verbose output instead:

$ lsscsi --verbose
[0:0:0:0]    disk    ATA      Hitachi HDT72101 A3AA  /dev/sda
  dir: /sys/bus/scsi/devices/0:0:0:0  [/sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:11.0/host0/target0:0:0/0:0:0:0]
[2:0:0:0]    disk    ATA      Hitachi HDS72101 A39C  /dev/sdb
  dir: /sys/bus/scsi/devices/2:0:0:0  [/sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:11.0/host2/target2:0:0/2:0:0:0]
[4:0:0:0]    disk    ATA      Maxtor 6L200P0   1G20  /dev/sdc
  dir: /sys/bus/scsi/devices/4:0:0:0  [/sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:14.1/host4/target4:0:0/4:0:0:0]
[12:0:0:0]   disk    WD       My Passport 25E2 4005  /dev/sde
  dir: /sys/bus/scsi/devices/12:0:0:0  [/sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:13.2/usb2/2-3/2-3:1.0/host12/target12:0:0/12:0:0:0]
[12:0:0:1]   enclosu WD       SES Device       4005  -
  dir: /sys/bus/scsi/devices/12:0:0:1  [/sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:13.2/usb2/2-3/2-3:1.0/host12/target12:0:0/12:0:0:1]

NOTE: The port that it's plugged into is the first digit in this block, [0] vs. [4] in the lsscsi -H output, for example.


I've also been able to use lshw for this because it tells you which ports etc. a particular HDD is plugged into so it's easier to figure out which one is which in a system that has multiples. Below you can see /dev/sda along with its serial number:

$ lshw -c disk -c storage
       description: SATA controller
       product: SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 SATA Controller [IDE mode]
       vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI]
       physical id: 11
       bus info: pci@0000:00:11.0
       logical name: scsi0
       logical name: scsi2
       version: 00
       width: 32 bits
       clock: 66MHz
       capabilities: storage pm ahci_1.0 bus_master cap_list emulated
       configuration: driver=ahci latency=64
       resources: irq:22 ioport:c000(size=8) ioport:b000(size=4) ioport:a000(size=8) ioport:9000(size=4) ioport:8000(size=16) memory:fbbff800-fbbffbff
          description: ATA Disk
          product: Hitachi HDT72101
          vendor: Hitachi
          physical id: 0
          bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0
          logical name: /dev/sda
          version: A3AA
          serial: STF604MH0AD4PB
          size: 931GiB (1TB)
          capabilities: partitioned partitioned:dos
          configuration: ansiversion=5 logicalsectorsize=512 sectorsize=512 signature=0005edc1

You can figure out which is which based on the coordinates of their respective bus info & physical id.


The other method I've used in the past is smartctl. You can query each device independently to find out it's serial number, make & model and figure out which device it is once you open up the case.

$ smartctl -i /dev/sda
smartctl 5.43 2016-09-28 r4347 [x86_64-linux-2.6.32-642.6.2.el6.x86_64] (local build)
Copyright (C) 2002-12 by Bruce Allen, http://smartmontools.sourceforge.net

Model Family:     Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.B
Device Model:     Hitachi HDT721010SLA360
Serial Number:    STF604MH0AD4PB
LU WWN Device Id: 5 000cca 349c4b953
Firmware Version: ST6OA3AA
User Capacity:    1,000,204,886,016 bytes [1.00 TB]
Sector Size:      512 bytes logical/physical
Device is:        In smartctl database [for details use: -P show]
ATA Version is:   8
ATA Standard is:  ATA-8-ACS revision 4
Local Time is:    Thu Aug  2 21:11:01 2018 EDT
SMART support is: Available - device has SMART capability.
SMART support is: Enabled


On higher end rackmounted servers you can use ledctl to light up the LED for a given HDD through its /dev/ device name.

ledctl usage
# ledctl locate=/dev/rssda will blink drive LED
# ledctl locate={ /dev/rssda /dev/rssdb } will blink both drive LEDs
# ledctl locate_off=/dev/rssda will turn off the locate LED


  • I'm not sure how to figure out which is which from this info. I find the using the drive's serial number is fool proof. With the lshw method, it seems I might also need to refer to the motherboard manual to know the ports ID's and then trace the cable from each drive to each port. Do you have a better way?
    – MountainX
    Aug 3 '18 at 1:08
  • The ports are always labeled on the MBs.
    – slm
    Aug 3 '18 at 1:09
  • smartctl -i /dev/sdh | grep -i serial should give you the serial number of the drive you're looking for.
    – Mio Rin
    Aug 3 '18 at 13:23

lsblk is one way to do this:

lsblk -a -o name,model,size,serial

Here's an example of the output:

NAME         MODEL             SIZE SERIAL
sdh          ST8000DM002-1YW1  7.3T ZA11A1W3

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