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S.M.A.R.T. Ultra DMA ?????????????

By weejock1462
Jun 29, 2005
  1. Some guidance please. When I boot up my screen displays usual system properties and also 'SMART Ultra DMA capable but disabled' . I really don't know if this will be OK to enable.
    OS Win XP Pro (sp2)
    proc AMD 1.6g
    HD's (2x40gb) quite old I think-Samsung SV4012H & ST 340015A
    Optowrite cd-rw CW5205
    External USB DVD/R (not recognised see other post)
    Would appreciate any help whatsoever.
     
  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    S.M.A.R.T is Self Monitoring And Reporting Technology

    S.M.A.R.T has little to do with the operating system you are using as such,
    but rather is a mechanism for monitoring the state or condition of your
    hard disks.

    I would advise you to run with S.M.A.R.T. enabled, as this
    should then help you get some advance warning of any potential hard disk
    problems, whilst you still have time to do something about it, such as
    backing up your data before the disk actually fails.

    Regards Howard :grinthumb
     
  3. weejock1462

    weejock1462 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thnx for quick response Howard I'll go and try now and post back 2U here.
     
  4. weejock1462

    weejock1462 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Hi Howard, enabled S.M.A.R.T. gave warning that it 'may decrease sytem performance' but I run a few progs and no decrease in performance was noticed.many thnx again..
     
  5. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    It shouldn't affect anything if you have a newer system.

    BTW
    :wave:Welcome to TechSpot:wave:
     
  6. weejock1462

    weejock1462 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    no it didn't in fact it gave me a bit of rassurance that my drives were A1 OK cheers mate!
     
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