How to get the serial number of a badly failed disk

Posted on Thu 08 December 2011 in Sysadmin • Tagged with bash, smartctl

One of my server disks has failed - so badly that smartctl cannot even read basic disk information from it! But to replace the disk I need its serial number, because I have been clever enough to print the serial number of each disk onto its bay door. Ironic, huh?

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