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    Senior Member hesperus's Avatar
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    Jan 2005

    S.M.A.R.T. Drive Utility

    When will that drive go kaput ??

    S.M.A.R.T is a method through which devices monitor, store and analyze
    information on their operational state. This state information is exported
    through a set of attributes (e.g., temperature, number of reallocated sectors,
    seek errors), which software solutions can use to measure the health of a
    device, predict when a device may fail, and provide notifications when
    attributes are approaching unsafe values.

    One software solution that allows you to monitor and manage S.M.A.R.T devices
    is smartmontools. smartmontools supports a wide variety of hardware and Operating
    Systems (e.g., FreeBSD, Linux, OpenBSD, OS X, OS/2, Solaris, Windows), contains
    a complete set of documentation, and includes a command-line utility (smartctl(1m))
    and UNIX daemon (smartd(1m)) that can be used to view S.M.A.R.T attributes, run
    device self-tests, and notify support personnel when problems are detected.

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    Old ancient one vanman's Avatar
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    Jul 2002
    Freestate,South Africa
    All i can say is that i have smart enabled in my cmos setups which is very basic i think but they have died on me without a warning of any kind so ya..What i have definitely decided to do is to make boot partitions so if they do decide to bomb out i can easily reformat that partition and just load windows again.I think it is quicker and saves you the frustration of sitting hours on end trying to find out how this all happened..

    Practise what you preach.

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