Windows and S.M.A.R.T monitoring

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  1. telc

    telc OT Supporter

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    Does Vista or XP have any built in support for monitoring SMART on harddrives? Or do you need a utility?

    Most decent ones I see are $. Are there any good free ones that can send an email alert when a problem is detected?
     
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    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    run spinrite on your drive every couple of weeks > smart

    smart is good at telling you that something failed, not that something is failing
     
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    SMART isn't very reliable at detecting failures, unfortunately. Like < 50%. The failures you really care about are the slow ones, one segment at a time, that SMART never hears about.

    But yeah, you prolly knew that.
     
  5. telc

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    SpinRite has problems with some SATA drives / controllers, maybe 6.1 will fix them but they aren't releasing it. I had it corrupt 2 SATA drives that were working fine.

    Luckly they were test computers, and I was just trying out spinrite on them.
     
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    http://hdtune.com/ HDTune is free and does a good job of showing SMART info plus can benchmark the drive.

    I hate SpeedFan, it never shows the right temps and fan speeds anyway.
     
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    speedfan can send email alerts (which is what he wants)
    HDtune does not
     

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