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Thread: Can't enable S.M.A.R.T on win7




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    Default Can't enable S.M.A.R.T on win7

    Hey ppl,

    Im running Win7 prof x64, and for some reason i can't monitor my HDD's, i have it enabled in bios and i can use the WD lifeguard tools on my win xp x32 fine without a problem but, on win7 any HDD monitoring program can't find my HDD's. Am i missing something?

    - Im running a RAID 0 setup on a GA-MA790GP-UD4H motherboard.

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    Default Re: Can't enable S.M.A.R.T on win7

    It's a gigabyte problem maybe update to the latest bios and raid drivers
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    Default Re: Can't enable S.M.A.R.T on win7

    Thx for the help m8 but, still can't see any SMART information after the Bios and raid driver update.....

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    Default Re: Can't enable S.M.A.R.T on win7

    Don't feel like the Lone Ranger here.
    You won't with that SCSI DISK Device. Not on that AMD chipset motherboard unless you set the SATA controller to IDE mode.

    Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology - Wikibooks, collection of open-content textbooks

    Standards and implementation
    Many motherboards will display a warning message when a disk drive approaches failure. Although an industry standard among most major hard drive manufacturers,[8] there are some remaining issues and much proprietary "secret knowledge" held by individual manufacturers as to their specific approach. As a result, S.M.A.R.T. is not always implemented correctly on many computer platforms due to the absence of industry-wide software & hardware standards for S.M.A.R.T. data interchange.

    From a legal perspective, the term "S.M.A.R.T." refers only to a signaling method between internal disk drive electromechanical sensors and the host computer thus a disk drive manufacturer could include a sensor for just one physical attribute and then advertise the product as S.M.A.R.T. compatible. For example, a drive manufacturer might claim to support S.M.A.R.T. but not include a temperature sensor, which the customer might reasonably expect to be present.

    Some S.M.A.R.T.-enabled motherboards and related software may not communicate with certain S.M.A.R.T.-capable drives, depending on the type of interface. Few external drives connected via USB and Firewire correctly send S.M.A.R.T. data over those interfaces. With so many ways to connect a hard drive (e.g. SCSI, Fibre Channel, ATA, SATA, SAS, SSA) it's difficult to predict whether S.M.A.R.T. reports will function correctly.

    Even on hard drives and interfaces that support it, S.M.A.R.T. data may not be reported correctly to the computer's operating system. Some disk controllers can duplicate all write operations on a secondary "backup" drive in real-time. This feature is known as "RAID mirroring". However, many programs which are designed to analyze changes in drive behavior and relay S.M.A.R.T. alerts to the operator do not function when a computer system is configured for RAID support, usually because under normal RAID array operational conditions, the computer may not be permitted to 'see' (or directly access) individual physical drives, but only logical volumes, by the RAID array subsystem.

    On the Windows platform, many programs designed to monitor and report S.M.A.R.T. information will only function under an administrator account. At present S.M.A.R.T. is implemented individually by manufacturers, and while some aspects are standardized for compatibility, others are not.

    One of the other fundamental problems with S.M.A.R.T is that it slows performance and for this reason it is disabled by default in many motherboard BIOSes
    Last edited by artdrivers; 02-13-2010 at 09:14 PM.
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