Take the 2-minute tour ×
Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

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!

share|improve this question
1  
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

1 Answer 1

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.

share|improve this answer
    
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

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.