fw hard disk not S.M.A.R.T supported..

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by zen.state, Jul 28, 2005.

  1. zen.state macrumors 68020


    Mar 13, 2005
    I have a newertech ministack external fw hd that I boot from. in disk utility is says "Not Supported" uner smart status info.

    is this normal? my mini's internal drive now also says not supported but then i'm not booted from it if that makes a difference..

    i'm lost as to whether this is normal or if I have an issue to fix. its my first fw hd.
  2. Capt Underpants macrumors 68030

    Capt Underpants

    Jul 23, 2003
    Austin, Texas
    When I check the smart status of my external HD, it says "not supported". If the hard drive doesn't seem to have any ill effects, I wouldn't worry about it.
  3. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    SMART is an IDE technology and only works over the IDE bus. Even though you are using an IDE drive you cannot use SMART over FireWire.
  4. iMeowbot macrumors G3


    Aug 30, 2003
    I you really need S.M.A.R.T. for a FireWire drive, Granite Digital make some enclosures that display the status on a front panel. They are not cheap.

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