SMART false alarms?

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One PC gave a SMART imminent failure warning 10 days ago and again a week
later. The system has a new Maxtor 250GB and a 5 year old Fujitsu 6 GB
drive that both support SMART, but the warning doesn't specify any drive.
(Valuable data is backed up daily to the small drive. When it needed an
upgrade I jumped it up to 250 because they were on sale, but the space isn't
needed yet.) I can't find a utility for Fujitsu, but Maxtor's test ran on
both and passed both.

What do you make of that?

Is there another utility I can try? I own a one-version-old copy of
Spinrite but it proved useless at fixing modern drives so I don't know if I
should bother using it just to detect problems.

The system is cold-booted every day but gave no warnings in the in-between
days. Is that because SMART clears it's warning flag and gives a new
warning when there is a new set of problem sectors, or does it just repeat
the same warning periodically?

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  1. Archived from groups: comp.sys.ibm.pc.hardware.storage (More info?)

    On Tue, 18 Jan 2005 20:41:25 GMT, "Tom Del Rosso" <ng01@att.net.invalid>
    wrote:

    >One PC gave a SMART imminent failure warning 10 days ago and again a week
    >later. The system has a new Maxtor 250GB and a 5 year old Fujitsu 6 GB
    >drive that both support SMART, but the warning doesn't specify any drive.
    >(Valuable data is backed up daily to the small drive. When it needed an
    >upgrade I jumped it up to 250 because they were on sale, but the space isn't
    >needed yet.) I can't find a utility for Fujitsu, but Maxtor's test ran on
    >both and passed both.
    >
    >What do you make of that?

    The small drive probably just passed it's expected lifespan. I forget
    what the exact name for the counter is, but I've got some older drives
    that show warnings for that as well. The other SMART counters all show
    normal or passing levels so I continue to use those drives in some
    non-critical systems.

    >Is there another utility I can try?

    Everest from http://www.lavalys.com/ is free and you can check the SMART
    counters under the Storage section.

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    "Michael Cecil" <macecil@comcast.net> wrote in message
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    > Everest from http://www.lavalys.com/ is free and you can check the SMART
    > counters under the Storage section.

    Thanks. I just tried Activesmart but it just froze me up. Now I'll take a
    look at Everest.


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    On Fri, 21 Jan 2005 01:05:37 GMT, "Tom Del Rosso" <ng01@att.net.invalid>
    wrote:

    >"Michael Cecil" <macecil@comcast.net> wrote in message
    >news:2svqu01bbuha9nfm4inscr3bhsgrq0mg0b@4ax.com...
    >>
    >> Everest from http://www.lavalys.com/ is free and you can check the SMART
    >> counters under the Storage section.
    >
    >Thanks. I just tried Activesmart but it just froze me up. Now I'll take a
    >look at Everest.


    Its very buggy only reports SMART on 3 drives out of 4, then its not the same
    drive that is missing the SMART Info.


    No problems with other SMART Programs..

    Plus no support..
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