S.M.A.R.T - Hard drive monitor for Windows 7



I happened to be trying out Ubuntu Linux with a Live CD and it has a built in SMART  hard drive monitor which is reporting
"DISK HAS MANY BAD SECTORS"

Can someone point me to a free S.M.A.R.T hard drive monitor for Windows 7 64 Bit.

It is a Compaq 6710b laptop, I checked Compaq's downloads and they do not seem to list one.
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markpalinuxAsked:
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
HDTune is what I've used.
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johnb6767Commented:
This one runs in Vista 64bit, not sure of 7.....

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

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scrathcyboyCommented:
SMART initialization, monitoring and enablement is done by the BIOS, not other software, and should be transparent to any application -- i.e. it is between the controller or MB BIOS and the drive to arbitrate.
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nobusCommented:
if smart reports a bad disk - you should test it.  Spinrite can help you test the disk -in level 2 mode, and it has a smart data reader built into it !
http://www.grc.com/spinrite.htm      
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nobusCommented:
you can also use the manuf's diagnostics : http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287
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ocanada_techguyCommented:
@scrathcyboy: yes and no not exactly.  The "handling" of bad sectors happens "under the blankets" by the disk controller yes, but....
While most good BIOS will stop at power-on self-test (POST) to report when SMART thresholds are approached or exceeded, and so too will a good BIOS at power-on stop to warn if power voltage or fan speed is out-of-range AT THE TIME of POST, it is, NEVERTHELESS advidseable to have software to monitor these on an ONGOING basis.   Just because Windows doesn't include it doesn't make that right (it doesn't come with an anti-virus, but who in their right mind would operate without one in this day and age, right?)  
What is pathetic is that when there are disk errors all Windows does is add an error event to the system event log, and that's it, no pop-up or warning on the console or from the system tray, booo hisss, PATHETIC.  Ditto voltages, temperatures, fan speeds.  Bad power or overheating are the two EASIEST things to fix if caught early, and most often cause catastrophic failure when not caught in time.   If I was doing a Win7 commercial, that would be MY IDEA,  but oh  wait,Win7 doesn't, so... BOO.

Corporations use SMS/systems management software to monitor and report these to a central monitoring point in I.T. department, but why shouldn't the individual user have the same protections/benefits?  Some utilities can monitor the Event Logs and can send NetBIOS, pager, or email alerts.

If it's an ASUS motherboard then you can get the monitoring tools from the ASUS site.

http://www.cpuid.com/hwmonitor.php  this tool monitors most things, but I notice SMART thresholds is not one of them.

scrathcyboy is correct that as long as the bios will warn you at POST boot time when SMART thresholds are being approached, as long as SMART is TURNED ON in the BIOS that is, well the actual bad sector handling instance by instannce need not raise a flag that minute.   It is >assumed< that you'll shutdown and reboot the system from time-to-time and that that is often enough to check/warn where SMART thresholds are concerned you're at small slight risk if you leave the system running 24x7 without rebooting for many weeks on end.

It is almost unheard of to refactor a drive once the SMART bad sector count is exceeded, although rumours exist that it's not impossible.  Since there is no more spare area on the disk to reallocate bad sectors too, and it's internal table of bad sectors is "full",  the built-in intelligent handling of same by the hard disk's own firmware is thus at an impasse.
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ocanada_techguyCommented:
I recommend running SpinRite 6 on a drive about once a year, though it's not free.  You can read about it here http://spinrite.com  Not only is it highly successful at recovering data during bad sectoring, it is also an excellent PREVENTATIVE measure, using a scientific method to analyze and find sectors that are "iffy", that are beginning to show the signs of going bad, and setting them aside before they go bad.  This can greatly increase the life of your drive and your DATA.

I will admit I've recently run into a bug once with SpinRite's handling of a recent large geometry partition, for which the bug has yet to be fixed.
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nobusCommented:
and - if a drive is reported bad by s.m.a.r.t. , it can become healthy again...after running spinrite or HDDregenerator (my choice) on it - if it was able to repair the sectors with bad data...after some rebotos and operations (because it depends on the counters..)
just my experience...
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nobusCommented:
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markpalinuxAuthor Commented:


I am running Windows 7 64  bit, and count not find a free or trial smart monitor which would report on the drive.

I booted the linux disk a week later and saw the counter didn't increase.

Thanks,
Mark
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nobusCommented:
tx for the feedback !
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