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Windows 7: smart not enabled

14 Jul 2012   #1
seven2

Windows 7 Home premium 64 bit
 
 
smart not enabled

Win 7 Home Premium, 64 byte, Dell 8300, i5,1T 3.30GHz,

I have a Seagate ST31000528AS hard drive and when I run a test on it provided by Dell, it passes but says that "SMART" is not enabled on this device.
Is this something I should/can enable or not?
Thank you


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14 Jul 2012   #2
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi,

SMART are some disk attributes that give you some information about the reliability of the hard disk, and try to use that information to predict when the disk might fail. Its useful when you are troubleshooting hardware problems, but apart from that it has no other use.

To enable it, you would have to go into the BIOS and turn it on.

Regards,
Golden
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15 Jul 2012   #3
F5ing

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I don't know how thorough that Dell test is, nor why you you ran it, but you might want to try the diagnostics direct from the manufacturer:

SeaTools | Seagate
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15 Jul 2012   #4
seven2

Windows 7 Home premium 64 bit
 
 
smart

Hello
Dell runs a schedued test which I have disabled.

My primary concern was that there was something wrong with the drive because of the smart report. Now that I know what it is for, I have no reason to pursue this further.
I do thank you for the information.
Peter
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15 Jul 2012   #5
F5ing

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

You're quite welcome!
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19 Aug 2012   #6
seven2

Windows 7 Home premium 64 bit
 
 
smart

In response to the email, smart is not a feature of this hard drive.
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19 Aug 2012   #7
F5ing

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Email?

Just curious about that drive that doesn't have the SMART "feature", what make/model is it? It can't be the one referenced in the OP, is it?
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20 Aug 2012   #8
seven2

Windows 7 Home premium 64 bit
 
 
smart

I called Dell and went to the Seagate site.
The drive is ST320000528AS.
I wanted to enable it but was told it is for detection of early warning of a drive going bad and I do not have it.

When I ordered the pc I thought with i5,1T 3.30GHz etc i would get a good package but was not informed enought to obtain a good hard drive.
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20 Aug 2012   #9
Comp Cmndo

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seven2 View Post
I called Dell and went to the Seagate site.
The drive is ST320000528AS...
Not a valid Seagate part number.
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20 Aug 2012   #10
seven2

Windows 7 Home premium 64 bit
 
 
smart

I gave you the number in device manager of the hard drive.
Please indicate where I can find the number you wish to see.
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