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Introduction to SMART

Did you know your drive was SMART? Actually: Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology. It can be used to gather information about your hard drives and offers some additional information about the status of your storage devices. It can also be used with other tools to help predict drive failure.

SMART (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology) is a monitoring system for storage devices, usually hard drives, that provides both information about the status of a drive as well as the ability to run self tests. It can be used by storage administrators to check on the status of their storage devices and force self-tests to determine the state of the device. While some people advocate using the data for predicting drive failure giving you time to get data off of the drive in the event of imminent failure, other references say that some SMART data may not be the best predictor of failure.

SMART and SMART - What is SMART?

Since you are reading this article it is likely that you understand that data is important. This also means that you have backups of your most important data and you do daily backups - right? The reason we have…

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