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SMART and Simple for NT/2000/XP

Hard disk drives are a mechanical part of your computer system. As such, they are more likely to fail than a solid state processor, video card or stick of RAM. Typical HDD failures can include failure of the spindle motor or bearings causing excessive heat or noise, head assembly failures including improper flying height, head contamination, media degradation etc.

S.M.A.R.T. or Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology was introduced into most modern hard drives to help detect and predict these failures. Of cause not all hard drive failures are predictable. Catastrophic events such as electronic component failure etc can occur however the majority of failures occur from the HDD deteriorating over time.

MS Windows do not monitor HDDs for failures. BIOS can detect a failure, but only when a threshold is exceeded on the drive. Third party applications exist to periodically monitor the drive and predict the failure date, however these applications cost money and are required to be installed on the computer.

Smart and Simple on the other hands is just that. Itís a simple command line utility to read back the SMART attributes from a HDD while in service. Itís a single 31kb executable which can be carried with you on a floppy disk, giving you a quick indication of the health of any disk drive without the burden of installing a sizeable application.


Usage

To use SMART & Simple is easy. To interrogate the parameters for drive C:, simply run

C:\>smart.exe

SMART & Simple for Windows NT/2000/XP
Copyright 2001-2003 Craig.Peacock@beyondlogic.org
Opened Drive \\.\C: . .

SMART Enabled    : Yes
Model Number     : WDC WD800JB-00CRA1
Firmware Version : 17.07W17
Serial Number    : WD-WMA8E2668332
Drive Size       : 80.026 GB


ID   Attribute                  Type  Threshold Value Worst        Raw Status
---- -------------------------- ----- --------- ----- ----- ---------- --------
[01] Raw Read Error Rate        Prefailure   51   200   200          0 OK
[03] Spin Up Time               Prefailure   21    98    94       4191 OK
[04] Start/Stop Count           Advisory     40    99    99       1008 OK
[05] Reallocated Sector Count   Prefailure  140   200   200          0 OK
[07] Seek Error Rate            Prefailure   51   200   200          0 OK
[09] Power On Hours Count       Advisory      0    98    98       1650 OK
[0A] Spin Retry Count           Prefailure   51   100   100          0 OK
[0B] Calibration Retry Count    Prefailure   51   100   100          0 OK
[0C] Power Cycle Count          Advisory      0   100   100        973 OK
[C4] Re-Allocated Data Count    Advisory      0   200   200          0 OK
[C5] Pending Sector Count       Advisory      0   200   200          0 OK
[C6] UnCorrectable Sector Count Advisory      0   200   200          0 OK
[C7] CRC Error Count            Advisory      0   200   253          0 OK
[C8] Write Error Rate           Prefailure   51   200   200          0 OK

If you need to interogate a physical drive other than C:, the drive can be specified as a argument on the command line. e.g.
smart.exe d:


Download

  • Version 1.01, 18K bytes. (Freeware)
    • Revision History
      • 21st December 2003 - Version 1.01
        • Fxied Exit Codes. Program exits with 0 if no error, otherwise value is first Attribute ID.
      • 10th April 2002 - Version 1.00
        • First release to public.


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    Copyright 2002-2007 Craig Peacock - 6th April 2007