About Active SMART
S.M.A.R.T. stands for Self-Monitoring Analysis
and Reporting Technology. It was developed by a number of major
Hard Disk Drive Manufacturers in a concerted effort to increase the
reliability of drives. It is a technology that enables the PC to
predict the future failure of hard disk drives. S.M.A.R.T.
technology has become an industry standard for hard drive
The S.M.A.R.T. system does just what its name implies it does. It
monitors the drive for anything that might seem out of the
ordinary, documents it, and analyzes the data. If it sees something
that indicates a problem, it is capable of notifying the user (or,
if applicable, system administrator).
S.M.A.R.T. monitors the disk's performance, bad sectors,
calibration, CRC errors, disk spin up time, distance between the
head and the disk, temperature, features of medium, heads, motor or
servomechanism. In all, over 35 attributes are covered by
S.M.A.R.T. The errors that the system can detect can be predicted
by a number of methods. Currently the SMART system can detect
around 70% of all hard drive errors.
For example, motor and/or bearing failure can be
predicted by an increase in the drive spin-up time and the number
of retries it takes to succeed in spinning up the drive. Or, if the
drive notes that the error correction is being used excessively, it
can attribute this to a broken drive head or contamination, and
alert before the problem gets worse.
Armed with a failure prediction, the user or
system manager can back up key data, replace a suspect device prior
to data loss, or avoid undesired downtime.
Active SMART utilizes
technology to monitor your hard drive's internal
S.M.A.R.T. attributes and drive temperatures, predict possible
drive fail and prevent data loss.
Using your notification settings, Active
SMART lets you know about a potential disk health problem
before you lose valuable data.
Active SMART allows every disk in the system to be monitored for
faults and potential failure 24 hours for a day for things that may
lead to a crash. If a fault is detected, you are notified with
various local alerting options or you can enable remote
notifications via e-mail or other network mail applications with
the drive ID and the time of the first fault. Active SMART uses
special algorithms to predict the fail date of the drive.
Active SMART works on 32-bit versions of Windows 2000, Windows XP,
Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista
Active SMART is a S.M.A.R.T. system compliant