Power-On Hours Attribute information
Count of hours in power-on state. The raw value of this attribute shows total count of hours (or minutes, or seconds, depending on manufacturer) in power-on state. A decrease of this attribute value to the critical level (threshold) indicates a decrease of the MTBF (Mean Time Between Failures).
However, in reality, even if the MTBF value falls to zero, it does not mean that the MTBF resource is completely exhausted and the drive will not function normally.
Hard drives that support this attribute:
Samsung, Seagate, IBM (Hitachi), Fujitsu, Maxtor, WD (Western Digital)
Software that supports this attribute:
ActiveSMART, by Ariolic Software
Download ActiveSMART and monitor S.M.A.R.T. attributes
The S.M.A.R.T. attributes are specific properties (parameters) of various parts of a hard drive. S.M.A.R.T. uses attributes to monitor the disk condition and to analyze its reliability (e.g.: the “Temperature” attribute indicates the temperature of the hard disk, the “Power-On Hours” attribute indicates the count of hours in a power-on state, etc.) Various manufacturers may use different sets of attributes.
Modern hard disks support a self-monitoring technology called S.M.A.R.T (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology). This technology allows you to monitor the important parts of hard drives, warning you if their condition is getting worse and data loss is possible. However, in order to use this information, you will need special software which can collect and process it. Active SMART is intended for just this purpose.
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