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"I have been configuring SMART monitoring to lot of my servers and workstations, both work and home, lately. Especially when combined with RAID, SMART can help you to avoid disasters that would occur when you lose your data in an event you hard drives break.

"Short primer

"RAID means "Redundant Array of Independent/Inexpensive Disks" and is mostly thought something you would do on hardware level via a separate RAID-controller or motherboard that supports RAID. RAID is used to get performance improvement for your disk operations, which is the biggest bottleneck in modern systems most of the time, or to provide redundancy when you lose your drive to hardware failure.

"With Linux you can use something called 'software RAID' which does not require expensive RAID-controller nor support from motherboard. All you basically need is more than one hard drive."

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