S.M.A.R.T. capable?

  Fatboy 415 19:33 07 Sep 03

One more thing whilst I?m here.

As I?m booting up my PC the BIOS reports both of my hard drives are ?S.M.A.R.T. capable but disabled?. What does this mean and should I investigate how to enable them?

That?s all for now.


  Kryten 19:40 07 Sep 03

Hard drives have built in sensors that check if there is a problem that may cause them to fail (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology). The S.M.A.R.T is set up in the bios usually in the ADVANCED CHIP-SET settings. Have a look here for a better explanation click here .

  Murray 20:03 07 Sep 03

I've heard that SMART monitoring programs can reduce system performance as it is periodically checking the disk for errors, etc. I suppose its your choice whether you would prefer that extra performance or the knowledge that errors will be detected earlier.

I would guess the the system performace difference is negligible but nevertheless...

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