Like many other times I had to retrieve the serial number of a faulty SATA drive on a Linux box. You should retrieve and compare the serial number before replacing to reduce the chance of replacing a working drive instead of a faulty drive. Hdparm is a utility that allows for the retrieval of the serial number, if I remember correctly hdparm is included by default on Ubuntu, Scientific Linux users can install hdparm from the repositories by using yum install hdparm.
Note: hdparm requires access to the root account or similar.
Retrieve The Info
The hdparm output will be rather long, but all you need to look for is Serial Number: xx-xxxxxxxxx, this is where the serial number for the drive is contained.
# hdparm -I /dev/sdf /dev/sda: ATA device, with non-removable media Model Number: WDC WD5001AALS-00L3B2 Serial Number: WD-WMASZ0044725 Firmware Revision: 01.03B01 Transport: Serial, SATA 1.0a, SATA II Extensions, SATA Rev 2.5 Standards: Supported: 8 7 6 5 Likely used: 8
Now you can physically verify whether the drive label matches the serial number you just obtained with the help of hdparm. Check twice you wouldn’t want to pull a working drive instead.