S.M.A.R.T. status

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by TyWahn, Mar 7, 2005.

  1. TyWahn macrumors 6502

    TyWahn

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    Is the SMART status only available for drives with an operating system on them? My internal drive has it, but my external FW LaCie 160 does not...
    Thanks!
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

    robbieduncan

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    I believe that SMART only works over ATA, not SCSI, USB or Firewire.
     
  3. dsharits macrumors 68000

    dsharits

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    I believe it is for drives connected to the onboard ATA bus. I have two drives in my B&W, a WD 80 GB connected to the onboard ATA bus and a Maxtor connected to a PCI ATA/133 card, and I only get the S.M.A.R.T. status on the WD.

    Daniel

    EDIT: Beat me to it!!
     
  4. yippy macrumors 68020

    yippy

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    No, smart status is hardware, absolutely nothing to do with what is on it.

    That is odd that your external doesn't have it, the only thing I can think of off hand is that the ATA -> FW bridge is blocking the S.M.A.R.T. signal.

    It is possible that the drive doesn't have it, but any hard drive in the past 5 or so years should I think.

    EDIT: Ah! beaten by 2 people.
     

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