I installed a brand new 160 GB Maxtor as a slave disk. When I booted up everything looked fine. It formated fine (but took awhile) and after some fiddling in Win XP (service pack 2) the drive appeared, etc. The drive appears to be functioning perfectly.
However when I boot up now I get a message: Pri Slave Hard Disk: S.M.A.R.T. Status BAD, Backup and Replace (press f1 to resume)
All indications are in the device driver windows, etc that the disk is healthy and functioning. I am inclinded to not really believe this message. 1) Could this message be bogus and why? 2) What is the best way to check my new HD and see if it is really about to collapse?