S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology) is a monitoring system for computer hard disk drives to detect and report on various indicators of reliability, in the hope of anticipating failures.

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What does this SMART status mean? [closed]

What does this SMART status mean for my HDD?
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What tools are available for understanding the workings of modern storage like SSD and Hard Drives?

My knowledge of storage Hard Drives and SSD is getting out of date and I would like to know what tools are available to read more extensive SMART and other data from modern drives than just "SMART ...
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Is there any way to reset the SMART data of hard disks?

I want to reset the "worst" case of the SMART's read error rate (currently at 100/max). The reason is simple: I don't want to be hassled by (1) the "press F1 to continue" for the error message at ...
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My Smart-Pad doesn't work, even when I activate it

I have an Asus X5DIJ, and I have had it since Christmas. However, today, the Smart-Pad stopped working. I wasn't clicking anything, I was just typing. Someone suggested downloading drivers, and I'm ...
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Will my hdd fail?

I'm running badblocks in parallel on 2 identical hard drives. The problem is that /dev/sda has already finished without error the tests but /dev/sdb it at 363353920/488386583 (about 75%) but didn't ...
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What is the quickest way to tell whether a SATA cable is bad?

To check whether a SATA cable is bad, currently I'd run a disk benchmark and look at the SMART attribute "UltraDMD CRC Error Count." However, that attribute seems to be a rolling average and may not ...
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Mac Mail.app & Smart Mailbox conditions

I'm having some trouble with my Smart Mailbox setup. I've got a Smart Mailbox named "Unread". And Contains messages that match any of the following conditions: Message is Unread Message is not in ...
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What does Raw Read Error Rate mean in SSD SMART?

I downloaded trial version of HD Tune Pro and I'm using it to benchmark my hard drives. In Health tab of SSD I found Raw Read Error Rate property. What does this property say about my hard drive? ...
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Samsung SMART B8 parameter(End-to-End error) fail. What does it mean? What could be the cause? What should I do?

On a secondary PC, when I started it the mainboard boot screen said the SMART failed for my HDD, and that I should backup asap. I've checked in Windows with HDD Health, and it seems that parameter ...
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Using MHDD 4.6 to check hard drives

Following on from my previous post, I have run MHDD 4.6 from Hiren's Boot CD. 1) Does anyone know which commands I should be running to check the health of a drive? 2) I have run 'scan', but about ...
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Files disappearing, errors during linux boot

On my laptop I've got - Windows 7 (NTFS), Ubuntu 10.10 x64 (ext4) and a few NTFS partitions which are also mounted under Ubuntu. 1.Today when I opened console text like this appeared: "I don't know ...
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65537 bad sectors on my 320Gb usb drive. Is it really dead?

After 222 days of usage my external usb drive's S.M.A.R.T. system warned about having too many bad sectors on the disk (65537 reallocated sectors). I tested it with badblocks -svw and no bad block ...
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How do I get a report of HD smart data in FreeBSD 7.x/8.x

Is there a simple way to convince FreeBSD 7.x or 8.x to give me SMART data on hard drives? Preferably from the command line since I normally run these systems as headless servers. I've been spoiled by ...
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Multitasking while running SMART tests?

Does it affect anything if you multitask (windows 7 x64) while running SMART tests to scan for HDD errors?
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external hard drive current pending sector (or number of unstable sectors) was 445, but after 0-fill format went back to 0

so is the drive in good condition? the drive is very new and i can exchange it for a new one, if the number is back to 0 and reallocated is also 0, does that mean the hard drive is in perfect health? ...
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What does the S.M.A.R.T. data indicate?

Speccy gives me this information for one of my hard drives: Manufacturer Western Digital Interface IDE Capacity 977GB Real size 1 000 204 886 016 bytes S.M.A.R.T 01 Read Error Rate ...
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Hard drive misbehaving, SMART and manufacturer diagnostics pass. Should I replace it?

My laptop is an Asus G50Vt-X5, which came with a Seagate Momentus HDD. After owning this computer for a while, I added a second HDD from an older Toshiba laptop that had a broken screen. Both hard ...
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Disk health status warning. Should I be alarmed?

I ran HDTunePRO today and saw that my disk has a Current Pending Sector warning: I read in wikipedia that the lower this attribute is the better and that it is a "Potential indicator of imminent ...
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SMART error Offline uncorrectable sectors is this serious?

I install freenas and activated smartd and I got a report of 3 faulty drives. On drive /dev/ad20 (Western digital green 1500gb) Device: /dev/ad20, 4 Offline uncorrectable sectors Device: /dev/ad20, ...
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My damaged Hard Disk doesn't pass SMART test, and Linux won't boot with it connected, even from a Live CD (Windows does). Is there any way to fix it?

Its basically an old SATA Hard Drive with a Windows XP partition I was trying to sell. When my computer does the BIOS checks, it doesn't pass the SMART test (but I can boot it anyway), although I ...
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What determines whether S.M.A.R.T. data can be retrieved from an external USB drive?

Not so long ago I was confident that I understood why information like the temperature and the other hard drive S.M.A.R.T. data could not be retrieved from an external hard drive. My understanding ...
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2Tb HDD that doesn't have Load_Cycle_Count problem

I'm looking to get a qnap NAS and am looking for a couple of 2TB drives to put in it. I thought the decision would easy as the WD green WD15EARS looked rather good for the price but after a bit of ...
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good application to detect drive failures

Right now, i've got a machine with several drives in it, of various size/make, in various configurations. I'm running Windows 2008R2 server. Every once in a while, i will hear one of the drives ...
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HDD health power on count/hours

In this question i checked my HDD health on a drive i had for roughly a year. It has 188 power on count and 896 power on hours. Is this slow or high value for a drive that may be failing? What are ...
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Util to check external USB Drive health? [closed]

I tried a few utils and none of them worked. Either USB wasnt supported or the drive was 'recognized'. I am trying to figure out if i should dump the drive or not. Its only a year old but the warranty ...
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Bad Sectors on Hard Drive

I run check disk pretty regularly on my hard drive, and lately it's been saying that I have some bad sectores (66, to be exact). I've run smartctl and HD Tune. Both tell me that I have bad sectors and ...
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Unreadable sectors reported by smartd, is it serious?

I have a RAID 5 array of 4 disks. In the last 2 days I began to see these messages in the log: Jun 13 23:01:05 localhost smartd[4537]: Device: /dev/sda [SAT], 1 Currently unreadable (pending) sectors ...
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Making sense of S.M.A.R.T

First of all, I think everyone knows that hard drives fail a lot more than the manufacturers would like to admit. Google did a study that indicates that certain raw data attributes that the S.M.A.R.T ...
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Mac Mini drive problems but SMART verified: bad hard drive or controller?

I have a 3-year-old Intel Mac Mini (EDIT: pretty sure it's the 1.66 GHz Core Duo T2300) at home. About a month ago, it stopped booting from the hard drive (internal, SATA, 80GB). I tried booting ...
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Samsung SSD SMART failure warning on macbook proA

My 9 month old 256GB Samsung SSD is now reporting the following SMART failures: Rsvd_Blk_Cnt_Chip FAILING NOW 184 Available_Reservd_Space FAILING NOW 20 Can anyone explain the meaning of ...
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Should I care about my HDD?

This is screenshot of HD Tune: Should I care about my HDD? Are these warnings important?
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S.M.A.R.T. broken sectors

Recently I received my hard drive (LaCie) that I've sent away for warranty, my disk failed, and I used Palimpsest Disk utility to check if anything was wrong in the S.M.A.R.T Status. And it said that ...
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Is there a script to disable a SMART HARD DRIVE FAILURE IS IMMINENT MESSAGE

I have a Dell Inspiron 1501 running Windows XP and on start up I receive a message stating SMART Failure Predicted on Hard Disk 4: WDC WD600BEVS-75LAT0-(S1)
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Is there a S.M.A.R.T. for Flash Drives?

There's a technology called S.M.A.R.T. that tells you when a HDD is about to go bad. Is there a similar technology for SSD/Thumbdrives?
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Is my disk hot or not?

I am trying to figure out the temperature of my dedicated server's harddisk. For this purpose, I've downloaded HDTune to monitor the S.M.A.R.T. Status. The problem is that the current temperature ...
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Hard disk with trustworthy SMART support

Which hard disk drive do you suggest with trustworthy SMART diagnostics? That is, a hard disk that can truthfully report sector reallocations and other pre-failure indicators. I'm asking this because ...
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Reliability of S.M.A.R.T.?

I've been using ActiveSmart to monitor my hard-drives health for a few weeks now, and its telling me my brand new 1.5 TB hard-drive is half-dead already. About on-par with one of my hard-drives which ...
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S.M.A.R.T. Hard drive failure test?

I'm working on my mom's computer and she freaked because it told her "There was an imminent hard drive failure about to occurr." I did some digging and found it was related to the S.M.A.R.T. ...
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WD1000FYPS harddrive is marked 0 mb in 3ware (and no SMART)

After reboot my SATA 1TB WD1000FYPS (previously is was "Drive error") is marked 0 mb in 3ware web gui. Complete message: Available Drives (Controller ID 0) Port 1 WDC WD1000FYPS-01ZKB0 0.00 MB ...
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CHKDSK at boot time on windows 7 without a reason

My new PC with a fresh windows 7 starts a chkdsk during boot time maybe once a week. The chkdsk always finishes with 0 problems and the computer restarts into windows as normal. I always shutdown ...
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Seriousness of a “Smart” disk error. How long will it last?

I have an 1 TB data disk and the bios and Windows are reporting a "Smart" error. At least, I get a Smart event but it doesn't indicate how serious the failure could be. My system is about 6 months ...
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hard drive pending sector count

For some reason, my pending sector count to be remapped is unbelievably high (2163 currently). I've seen it go up 20 in one week. But no sectors have been remapped. Dell's computer diagnostics utility ...
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How to fix high Load_Cycle_Count laptop drive (TOSHIBA MK6006GAH in Vaio TX1XP)?

Hoping someone knows exactly what's going on here. It seems this drive has some combination of aggressive power saving settings and Ubuntu defaults that has massively increased the Load_Cycle_Count ...
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Disable S.M.A.R.T. in Windows 7?

Before anyone tells me not to disable S.M.A.R.T I've confirmed in the BIOS that the drive is actually reporting it's okay. Windows is misreading whatever reports S.M.A.R.T. status. I would like to ...
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Hard drive issues - SpinRite vs. S.M.A.R.T

The Toshiba hard drive in a Sony VAIO laptop went bad. I put in a Western Digital drive (WD1600BEVS-60RST0, firmware v4.01G04) from an HP laptop. I ran SpinRite at level 2 and found some bad sectors, ...
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Are my hard drives dying?

Yesterday I came home from work to notice that not only had my PC reboot, it was stuck in the BIOS detecting hard drives. I eventually got the machine to boot but once I got into Windows it locked ...
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Smart Folders on Windows XP & Vista?

Is there a way to create a "Smart folder" on Vista & XP? (similar to the functionality available on Mac) Looks like there are some predefined "Search folders" on Vista. Is there a way to specify ...
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How can I read my hard drive's SMART status in Windows 7?

How can I read the S.M.A.R.T. state of my HDDs while using Windows 7, either automatically or manually?
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Can I trust a hard drive that has had to reallocate sectors?

I ran this HD utility called CrystalDiskInfo that displays some of the S.M.A.R.T. information on my drives. It is displaying a "Caution" warning on one of my drives because its "Reallocated Sectors ...
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What is the easiest method of checking SMART status for your hard drive?

I've seen programs in the past that were able to check the SMART status of a hard disk drive but it wasn't easy for me to find. Also, I think I had to boot into the CD in order to check on it. What is ...