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Why is S.M.A.R.T disabled on my primary master and slave drives?


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RKD2B

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So I was looking at my screens after reboot and it say's that the Primary Master and the primary slave has the s.m.a.r.t disabled. What does this mean, and do I need to do anything about it? I have XP PRO by the way.
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Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology, or S.M.A.R.T. (sometimes written as SMART), is a monitoring system for computer hard disks to detect and report on various indicators of reliability, in the hope of anticipating failures.

However it's perfectly possible for a drive to effectively be toast even though SMART says it's fine. Likewise it's entirely possible for SMART to claim a drive's been dying for the previous three years. Therefore like all technologies it's not totally foolproof. As to whether you need to do anything about it, probably not as this option's off by default in most situations.

You'll know about it when the drive's on the way out. Windows will start falling over, behaving erratically, everything gets painfully slow, files start getting corrupt or missing, etc.
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Thank you Neil, I appreciate your reply. :)
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