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Apr 26, 2013 04:06 |  #1

My 4 year old hard drive is starting to fail. The SMART status is reporting difficulty reading some sectors.

Fortunately I caught it early using a tool called HDDScan (external link), which reads the SMART status and does surface scans. The drive was under warranty (5 years on an older Seagate drive) so it was replaced. All the data was moved off before any information was lost. If it was lost I have an onside and an offsite backup, as well as online backups of some things.

Everyone should check their hard drives with a SMART tool occasionally!


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Apr 27, 2013 04:28 |  #2

Defraggler offers Smart drive status report.




  
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Apr 27, 2013 05:36 as a reply to  @ isoMorphic's post |  #3

Onyx - Great Mac utility.




  
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Apr 27, 2013 13:57 |  #4

I use Smart Reporter on my Macs: http://www.corecode.at​/smartreporter/ (external link)


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Apr 28, 2013 14:02 |  #5

In my experience Win 7 and 8 seem to have some SMART monitoring built in, and will alert you to certain types of hard drive issues. Having a program that can fully ready the SMART status is still useful though, I have Defraggler on all my systems.


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Apr 29, 2013 03:12 |  #6

Win7 didn't alert me to this problem.

I didn't know defraggler did SMART monitoring? It only seems to say "good" or nothing - it says nothing for my WD drive, but reports good for my Seagate drives.


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Apr 29, 2013 05:00 |  #7

tim wrote in post #15878012 (external link)
I didn't know defraggler did SMART monitoring? It only seems to say "good" or nothing - it says nothing for my WD drive, but reports good for my Seagate drives.

Click health tab after running analyze for the full info.




  
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Apr 29, 2013 12:24 as a reply to  @ isoMorphic's post |  #8

tim wrote in post #15878012 (external link)
Win7 didn't alert me to this problem.

I didn't know defraggler did SMART monitoring? It only seems to say "good" or nothing - it says nothing for my WD drive, but reports good for my Seagate drives.

Yeah, Windows won't tell you about everything. Would be nice if it did, but isoMorphic is right about Defraggler, it will spit out every bit of SMART data available to it from the drive if you go to the Health tab.


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Apr 29, 2013 17:35 |  #9

Thanks guys! i am gonna test Defraggler at work and test out HDDScan at home.


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Apr 29, 2013 20:45 |  #10

Somehow I am not getting HDDScan 3.3 (not the malware, made sure of that) to work at all for me. Opening the application does nothing but open a process that I eventually end after 5-10 minutes of nothing.


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Apr 29, 2013 23:27 |  #11

isoMorphic wrote in post #15878121 (external link)
Click health tab after running analyze for the full info.

It gives you full info, but no interpretation. That's the problem with smart, too much data, too little information.

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Somehow I am not getting HDDScan 3.3 (not the malware, made sure of that) to work at all for me. Opening the application does nothing but open a process that I eventually end after 5-10 minutes of nothing.

The blue window doesn't appear? Checked all your monitors?


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Apr 30, 2013 07:21 |  #12

I tried it on my laptop first without anything attached.


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