Hello folks, I am hoping someone can point me in the right direction to a solution to a potentially disastrous problem.
Windows Vista (64bit) just popped up a very ominous message, "Windows Disk Diagnostic detected a S.M.A.R.T. fault on disk ST310003 40AS SCSI Disk Device (volumes Unknown). This disk might fail...."
Event viewer also adds, "The driver has detected that device \Device\Harddisk7\DR7 has predicted that it will fail. Immediately back up your data and replace your hard disk drive. A failure may be imminent."
Anyhow, the problem is that I have 3 drives with this model # (yes, unfortunate BECAUSE these Seagate drives are well known for problems!)! And Vista doesn't tell me directly what drive is actually failing. Fortunately, after a bit of forensic investigation, I found which one is ...7\DR7 by looking into each drives properties! What a pain! Why couldn't Vista just tell me which volume name??
Now my question: I am looking for a way to actively monitor all my SATA drives for their health (SMART and other wise). I have downloaded tools such as "Crystal disk info" (BTW great free tool) and ActiveSMART, however, none of these tools see my four external eSATA connected SATA drives. They only see my one internal SATA drive.
My four eSATA drives are connected by a Lacie (Silicone Image SiI 3132 controller) using eSATA port multiplexing. All four external eSATA drives are seen by Vista as if they were internal (or normal) volumes.
Is there a SMART monitoring tool that is capable of seeing these drives? Obviously Windows Vista has no trouble (considering that it just warned me about the imminent failure of one of them).