Smartctl issues in Cygwin with elevated terminal

Hamish McIntyre-Bhatty
Tue Sep 13 11:46:21 GMT 2022

On 13/09/2022 10:11, Hamish McIntyre-Bhatty wrote:

Just adding a note to say this seems to only occur on Windows 10 and 11.

> Hi there,
> I recently noticed that smartctl only works when the Cygwin Terminal 
> isn't run as administrator - the opposite way round to Linux where you 
> need superuser privileges to access the disk.
> With Administrator privileges on Windows 11, I get:
> "Read Device Identity Failure Input/Output error"
> But it continues to work fine as a normal user.
> Does anyone know why? In my case, this actually matters because I'm not 
> sure how to elevate and/or drop privileges in Cygwin, as sudo doesn't 
> work due to it not being Unixy underneath. I'll be happy to try and 
> debug this and provide extra details if needed, but I'm not sure what to 
> do next on this one.
> Cheers,
> Hamish

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