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

zen.state

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Original poster
Mar 13, 2005
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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.
 

Capt Underpants

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Jul 23, 2003
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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.
 

robbieduncan

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Jul 24, 2002
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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.
 

iMeowbot

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Aug 30, 2003
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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.