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Windows 7: S.M.A.R.T. ???

21 Jul 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate
S.M.A.R.T. ???

Have a newbie/simple question. When building my system, I relied on a friend to assist. In the BIOS he stated to disable S.M.A.R.T and the Cool and Quiet option.
Not knowing what they do I did so, should I have?

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21 Jul 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate

S.M.A.R.T is an industry acronym for Self¬monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology

Via the S.M.A.R.T Wikipedia page: Work at Google on over 100,000 drives has shown little overall predictive value of S.M.A.R.T. status as a whole, but suggests that certain sub-categories of information which some S.M.A.R.T. implementations track do correlate with actual failure rates.

For the Cool and Quite option.. if you Overclocked your computer, turn it off, otherwise, you might as well leave it on.
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21 Jul 2010   #3

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86

SMART monitors your Hard drive for any impending failures and alerts you in advance if it detects anything abnormal with the drive.

Cool n Quiet is AMD's equivalent of Speedstep. It throttles the cpu when you dont need full power, so helps reduce heat generation, keeps the computer cool and saves energy. If you are an overclocker, you'll have little use of it.

Its a bad idea to disable SMART IMO. Cool n Quiet, you can decide based on your preferences- if you are a typical home user, enable it. If you want your machine to run in high performance mode all the time, you dont need it.
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21 Jul 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Yeah, I can't imagine why anyone would tell you to disable SMART monitoring. Wouldn't you rather know as soon as possible if your hard drive was failing? Granted, it isn't perfect, but it certainly won't warn you if it is disabled!

If it was me, I'd find a new friend to help with computer builds!
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21 Jul 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate

Thank you for your responses and your knowledgeable time. Currently using PC Wizard 2010, I've never seen any temperature go above 38 Degrees Celsius, don't game, don't overclock. Don't necessarily want my cpu throttled back, first because I don't understand the concept and second because from the info I can gather I'm running a bit cool.
Thank you for the info on smart. I think I may turn it on. Does it work thru the OS?
Appreciate it.
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