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Introduction to SMART

May 12, 2010, 10:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeffrey B. Layton)

"SMART (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology) is a monitoring system for storage devices, usually hard drives, that provides both information about the status of a drive as well as the ability to run self tests. It can bSMART (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology) is a monitoring system for storage devices, usually hard drives, that provides both information about the status of a drive as well as the ability to run self tests. It can be used by storage administrators to check on the status of their storage devices and force self-tests to determine the state of the device. While some people advocate using the data for predicting drive failure giving you time to get data off of the drive in the event of imminent failure, other references say that some SMART data may not be the best predictor of failure.

"SMART and SMART - What is SMART?

"Since you are reading this article it is likely that you understand that data is important. This also means that you have backups of your most important data and you do daily backups - right? The reason we have backups is that hard drives fail for various and sometimes mysterious, reasons. From an administrative point of view it would be nice to be able to correlate drive failures with certain drive characteristics or with load or even track a batch of drives.e used by storage administrators to check on the status of their storage devices and force self-tests to determine the state of the device. While some people advocate using the data for predicting drive failure giving you time to get data off of the drive in the event of imminent failure, other references say that some SMART data may not be the best predictor of failure.

"SMART and SMART - What is SMART?

"Since you are reading this article it is likely that you understand that data is important. This also means that you have backups of your most important data and you do daily backups - right? The reason we have backups is that hard drives fail for various and sometimes mysterious, reasons. From an administrative point of view it would be nice to be able to correlate drive failures with certain drive characteristics or with load or even track a batch of drives."

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