S.M.A.R.T. status

TyWahn

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Oct 25, 2003
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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...
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dsharits

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Jun 19, 2004
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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!!
 
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yippy

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Mar 14, 2004
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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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