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nemo_outis 12-30-2008 05:20 PM

Re: A Handy Trick
"nemo_outis" <> wrote in

Two afterthoughts:

While there are many slick GUI-based programs out there for reading SMART
values I prefer a rather geeky one which provides the best fine-grained
reading and *control* - smartctl. Runs on Mac OS X, Linux, FreeBSD,
NetBSD, OpenBSD, Solaris, OS/2, Cygwin, QNX, eComStation or Windows. Free

As for most hard drives not responding to the "disable SMART" commands,
this is hardly surprising (but very welcome for security/privacy). If it
could be turned off easily it could lead to all sorts of warranty headaches
for manufacturers (e.g., someone could misrepresent a heeavy-use failure as
an "infant death" one, etc.)


PS Smartctl is well worth experimenting with for the
diagnostic/predictive/testing aspects of SMART as well as the security use
I described earlier.

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