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How to READ S.M.A.R.T. Drive Status

Posted on 2004-03-28
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Hi Experts,

Any idea how to read status of a S.M.A.R.T. Drive, similar with what Active SMART does?

Just interested.


Thanks,
hec",)
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first you need to enable SMART in the bios.  There will be a seting, like enable SMART.

Then you can use a program like this to monitor it:

http://www.almico.com/speedfan.php

the download is at the bottom of the page.

The program is easy to configure and if you want you temperature of your hard drive in your windows tray you can do that.
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Also note that enabling SMART will make your drive slower.  Not really noticable though.
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by:harris_c
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Thanks buckeyes33.  

But what I want to know is how to get the parameters programmatically...  I want to create my own.

Thanks,
hec",)
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I wondered that after i posted :)

this might be better suited in the programing section.  
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try to look in the linux kernel sources and in the smartmontools form http://smartmontools.sourceforge.net
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LOL - That'll teach me to leave questions open in a window for too long.
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Just after Harris c hit the target too :-)
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