General Overview

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S.M.A.R.T. Disk Monitor (also known as SMARTMon) is a utility that monitors your disk hardware with the goal of identifying disks that have a strong possibility if crashing. This provides you a window of opportunity to gracefully remove data from a failing disk and take it off-line ... Before your disk drive takes you off-line.

SMARTMon allows you to access the predictive failure functionality native to most disk drives. This hardware feature is called S.M.A.R.T., which stands for Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology. IBM, Seagate, Fujitsu, Quantum, Western Digital, and other drive manufacturers put this feature into their disk drives. Typical attributes that are monitored include head flying height, temperature, spin-up time, retries, and internal error logs. If a drive is running outside of a vendor's specifications, then our software alerts your administrator.

If your disk drives are in a SES-Compliant (SCSI Enclosure Services) enclosure, then the software will also be able to poll the enclosure to determine health of it's components, such as power supply and fans. Note, that this feature is not enabled for the personal edition.

Note: Throughout this manual, when we use the acronym SCSI, we are not implying only parallel-SCSI. Our software works with serial SCSI devices as well. More common serial SCSI interfaces include Fibre Channel (FC-AL), and Serial Storage Architecture (SSA). In addition, we support IDE disk drives on most computers.