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Both my MB and Hdd is S.M.A.R.T capable. But still it did not indicate of impending Hdd failure. Do I need to install some kind of monitoring utility for Hdd to work in conjunction with S.M.A.R.T
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by:jhance
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Yes, you do need such a utility.  What brand of hard drive is it?  Most drive vendors supply a utility that reads out the SMART data.
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by:hhheng
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Hdd is "quantum fireball". Local vendor don't market this brand anymore. If the utility is not available, I'm thinking of changing the BIOS for SMART from "Enable" to "Disable". Any problem with this ?
 
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Quantum is now Maxtor.  The Quantum HDD business was bought out a couple of years ago.

Go to:

http://www.maxtor.com/SoftwareDownload/main/pwrdiag.exe

This supports all Maxtor and Quantum drives.
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by:Cokane
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Maybe your hard drive isn't going to fail???
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by:jhance
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Well the problem is that Windows isn't very smart about S.M.A.R.T.  Windows never reports any problem with a drive until there is an unrecoverable error.  By then, it's far too late.

The S.M.A.R.T. utilities from Maxtor and other drive vendors need to be run periodically to query the S.M.A.R.T. database on the drive and report to you any events that should be a concern.  But if you don't run the utility, you'll never know....

It's too bad that Microsoft doesn't build S.M.A.R.T. support into Windows but for whatever reason they don't.  Probably because it wasn't invented by them...
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by:Kyle Schroeder
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There are software programs that you can run from within the OS that will monitor the SMART status on your harddrive.  Norton Utilities used to have this functionality, I'm sure there are others, such as these:

http://www.ariolic.com/activesmart/ (free trial version)
http://www.storage.ibm.com/hdd/support/download.htm#smart (free)
http://www.lc-tech.com/Ismart.asp (trial)

I'm sure there are others which are freeware.

-dog*
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by:hhheng
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I think disk utility from manufacturer would be better than third party ones.

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