Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting technology (S.M.A.R.T.) 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 manufacturers.
Through the Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting technology modern hard disk drives incorporate a suite of advanced diagnostics that monitor the internal operations of a drive and provide an early warning for many types of potential problems. When a potential problem is detected, the drive can be repaired or replaced before any data is lost or damaged.
To use the S.M.A.R.T. technology in your hard drive you need to install S.M.A.R.T. utility. One of the leading S.M.A.R.T. utility is ActiveSMART, by Ariolic Software, Ltd.
Download ActiveSMART and enable S.M.A.R.T. in your hard drives
The S.M.A.R.T. system monitors the hard drive for any potential problem, documents and analyzes it. If it sees something that indicates a problem, it is capable of notifying the user (or system administrator).
S.M.A.R.T. monitors hard drive performance, reliability, hdd temperature, faulty sectors (bad blocks), recalibration, CRC errors, drive spin-up time, drive heads, distance between the heads and the disk platters, and characteristics of the media, motor and servomechanisms.
The errors the system can detect can be predicted by a number of methods. Currently the Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting technology can detect about 70% of all hard drive errors.
For example: hard drive failure can be predicted by an increase in the drive spin-up time and the number of retries it takes to get the drive spinning at full speed. Or, if the drive detected error correction, it can lead to a broken drive head or surface errors, and it will create an alert before the problem gets worse. Armed with a prediction of failure, the user can a backup of important data, replace a suspect hard drive prior to data loss, and avoid undesired downtime.
Active SMART is industry-leading software for computers that use Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting technology. It utilizes S.M.A.R.T. to monitor your hard drive health status and disk temperature, predict possible drive fail and prevent data loss. Download the free trial version of Active SMART and check out your hard drive now. Using your personal notification settings, Active SMART lets you know about a potential disk health problem before you lose valuable data.
Active SMART works on all Windows versions.
Active SMART is S.M.A.R.T. system compliant software.
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