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Is that possible? There is no S.M.A.R.T. information retrievable (used HD Tune to check that).

The background is that I want to check if the number of reallocated sectors on the harddrive changes after a run of checkdsk with full test mode because we encounter some strange problems we assume that the problems lie with bad sectors on the harddisk.

Thanks in advance!

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If there is no S.M.A.R.T data then the hdd isn't keeping track of it or at the very least its not exposed. You might have more luck with a program like Spin Rite 6 instead of chkdisk – Ramhound Feb 13 '13 at 12:24
@Ramhound: You should/could post this as an answer :) – nepa Feb 13 '13 at 12:35
I would but it likely would just recieved downvotes from people out of spite. I make a point not to post very many answers on this site for this reason. Of course S.M.A.R.T has been around for more then 10 years so the likelyhood of you having a hdd with S.M.A.R.T support is very unlikely. – Ramhound Feb 13 '13 at 12:46
OK, i see, no problem. – nepa Feb 13 '13 at 12:48

The vast majority of modern hard drives record S.M.A.R.T. data.

A couple of things you can try to retrieve it:

  • Try a different program (e.g., CrystalDiskInfo or Passmark disk checkup).

  • If your hard drive is external, disassemble it and connect it to a SATA port.

    (This will void your warranty.)

  • If your hard drive is internal, connect it to a different SATA port.

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I forgot to say that we have a two disk RAID system. Does that change anything? – nepa Feb 13 '13 at 12:48
@nepa - Yes. That is the reason you have no S.M.A.R.T data. – Ramhound Feb 13 '13 at 12:52
Software RAID shouldn't, hardware RAID probably will. Are you using an onboard or hardware RAID controller? If yes, which one? – Dennis Feb 13 '13 at 13:31

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