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FYI: DEATH (and the privilege to predict it reliably) (Miscellaneous)

posted by RayeR(R) Homepage, CZ, 17.07.2010, 14:57

> No. Windows will create Disk Event ID 52 when SMART value of that HD goes
> bad.

OK but how the user is notified about that? Is there some warning in computer management/disk manager?

> And drivers from manufacturers may or may not have capability to read SMART
> values, please blame manufacturers. ;-)

I don't know details of windows driver models but SMART is readed through stanbdard ATA commands so there shouldn't be difference if I call read sector or get SMART status. So if there's a way how to call ATA command it should be passed to drive.
BTW my windows version of SMB utility tries to overcome this limitation by direct access to IDE controller (via kernel driver enabling I/O port access) and can read SMART data even from drives on HPT controller, etc. But I know this is not clean way because it may interfere with another ATA command sent by windows. Maybe helps CLI/STI while reading but its privilegend instructions, it works only under dos/win9x. Is there a better way? I didn't saw any driver of raid/addon controller that could read SMART normal way. Now I use only 4 channels on onboard ICH7 so I don't longer need this feature but just for my info...

DOS gives me freedom to unlimited HW access.


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