Predictive Failure Control and Configuration Window

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This section controls how S.M.A.R.T. is configured on SCSI disk drives. By manipulating values here, you can select how the drive reacts to error or warning conditions, and how often it runs internal diagnostics to detect possible problems.
S.M.A.R.T. Disk Monitor sets fields to reasonable values and enables them in the volatile section of the disk's firmware. That way we are not making anything permanent, and you are not risking S.M.A.R.T. Disk Monitor changing some settings which may possibly conflict with your SCSI environment.

(This is the recommendation by the S.M.A.R.T. industry association).

Not all of these fields are changeable for all disk drives!

Fields and their values include:
·Disk drive has S.M.A.R.T. functionality: Checked if the drive has S.M.A.R.T. firmware.  
·Enable S.M.A.R.T. functionality: Checked if it is currently turned on.  
·SMART diagnostics which call slight delays are acceptable: This should always be checked, except in the case where a drive reports a S.M.A.R.T. error, and you are running a backup program to take data off the disk. If you disable this field, then the disk won't run complete diagnostics at the reporting interval and it is possible the drive will not detect certain problems. Unless you are running disk benchmarks, your applications should not be affected.  
·Test mode enabled: If you wish to create a false error, then check this field. By selecting this box, it instructs the drive to generate a false error at the next interval. That way you can see what would happen if your disk had a real S.M.A.R.T. error. Not all disks support this, and the program will notify you if your drive was not able to enable this function.  
·Enable disk drive's internal error logging capability: If your drive has this capability, then you should enable this. In the event of a problem, it can provide more useful information to your disk manufacturer's technical support group.  
·Interval Timer: This indicates the period in 100 ms increments between each informational exception report. The standard recommends SMART tests be run every 10 minutes, so this field should be set to 6000 milliseconds. Note that this is not how often S.M.A.R.T. Disk Monitor polls the device, but how often the device reports it's status to any application that may ask for it.  
·Number of Times to Report an Informational Exception: Set this to 0 to report indefinitely.  
·Method of Reporting Errors: (MRIE) This specifies the method that should be used by the target to report problems. See the cross-reference table on the screen. Note: If you wish to test SMART, then be sure to change this field to 6. Under normal operations most drives use an MRIE value of 4. IBM SSA drives typically set this to 15.  

to record the changes in the drive, as well as the registry. By doing so, S.M.A.R.T. Disk Monitor will automatically program your disk drive to use these settings when the program is invoked.