No, it's not an x86 binary, it's in the firmware of the drive:
Execute Extended Self Test
smartctl -x /dev/hda?
so if you can send a S.M.A.R.T. command, you can run the test.
> Its their problem. Its a crap system. Period.
No, I don't think that you can expect drive manufacturers to replace a disc that you haven't taken care of, especially if it has been used as a football, (isn't that against FIFA regulations, though? Especially in the world cup example given earlier in this thread. I thought the specs of the football were quite strict).
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