Accessing HDD S.M.A.R.T info

By jobeard
Aug 21, 2014
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  1. S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology; often written as SMART) is a monitoring system for computer hard disk drives (HDDs) and solid-state drives (SSDs)[1] to detect and report on various indicators of reliability, in the hope of anticipating failures.

    (see the wiki for details)

    really cool info on the health of your HDD, BUT - - - just how the heck do you access that data?

    There are 3rd party tools you can buy, but I much prefer the free Defraggler software (aka a smart defrag) by Pirform Ltd.

    Use Runas Admin on a shortcut and then click on the Health Tab - - it's there in all its glory
    (some systems may need to Enable SMART in the BIOS to collect this information).

    Specific items that should concern you:
    • Read Error Rate
    • Reallocated Sector Count[*]
    • Seek Error Rate
    • Recalibration Retries
    • Uncorrectable Sector Count[*]
    • Multi-zone Error Rate
    [*] should remain constant and nonzero is common fresh out of the box :sigh:

    Suggestion: get a screenshot of your current values and compare to newer values over time to determine if the drive is showing signs of impending failure.
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2014
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  2. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,920   +627

    Some Dell machines have SMART disabled in the BIOS by default. Maybe mention BIOS setting too.
  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 8,945   +584

    hmm-- I did :grin:
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  4. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,920   +627

    LOL so it is. :D Good job.

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