What does S.M.A.R.T mean in BIOS sata configuration screen

I have installed a samsung sh-223l dvd.superwritemaster in the spare cd/dvd driver bay on my Emachines 370 and connected it to the SATA1 Hyway. At first the computer didn't recognise it at all so I re loaded drivers and that fixed it but the system recognises it as a cd drive. Looking in BIOS SATA configuration screen SATA1 has nothing on it and S.M.A.R.T is not enabled. What does S.M.A.R.T mean and should I enable it?

I would appreciate any advise.
Many Thanks J.S :pt1cable:
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  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S.M.A.R.T.

    It allows your drive to run it's own self tests and report it's fitness and performance.
  2. Many thanks for that. Now I just have to find out why in system- sofware environment- signed drivers it is listed as CD-ROM ? could it be I need different drivers for the Samsung sh-223l super writemaster dvd. Also in BIOS advanced screen SATA configuration no drives are listed, but I can still use the drive but not with dvd's.
    Any ideas! many thanks.
  3. You're welcome. It could be a driver issue. Which SATA ports are you plugged into? It would be beneficial to you and us if you list your system specs, I'm wondering if you're in a JMicron SATA plug.
  4. Thanks again. My mother board is an ASROCK P4VM890 with Intel pentium4/celeron D. Chipset is a Northbridge VIA P4M890-Southbridge VIA VT8237R Plus.
    2x Serial ATA 1.5 Gb/s connectors,support (RAID 0,RAID1and JBOD)and "Hot Plug" functions

    2x ATA 133 IDE Connectors (Supports 4 IDE Devices)

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