How to check hard disk SMART status


What is S.M.A.R.T. status of the disk?

S.M.A.R.T is a special technology (S.M.A.R.T. stands for Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology) that enables the PC to reliably predict approaching failure of hard disk drives. You can learn more about S.M.A.R.T. technology here.

You can check the hard disk SMART status using Active SMART – one of the most popular S.M.A.R.T. disk diagnostic software. Active SMART also checks drive temperature and prevents its overheating; additionally, it traces the drive’s internal vital data. It works in the background and constantly checks the health of your hard drive(s) by monitoring their S.M.A.R.T. status.

Download ActiveSMART and monitor hard drive SMART status

To check the disk S.M.A.R.T. status run Active SMART and open the SMART Information page. You can see the SMART status on the bottom of the program window, in a green frame (click Active SMART screenshot below to enlarge it):

Current HDD Status shown in ActiveSMART

Active SMART shows various information about the hard drive – its SMART status, disk SMART attributes, hard drive temperature, estimated drive lifetime, disk health status and many other. It does not require any special technical knowledge and has nice looking graphical user interface.
When Active SMART detects a potential problem, the drive can be repaired or replaced before any data is lost or damaged.

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