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S.M.A.R.T. Disk Monitor [Currently at release 1.52] (also referred to as SMARTMon-UX for UNIX, and SMARTMon for Windows in this document) is part of the SANTOOLS® family of utility programs that monitors your disk hardware with the goal of identifying disks that have a strong possibility of 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.

 

The SANTOOLS family of programs 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.

 

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), Serial Storage Architecture (SSA), Serial Attached SCSI (SAS),  Fire wire(FW), and iSCSI. In addition, we support SATA / ATA disk drives under LINUX, Windows, Apple OSX, and SPARC Solaris

 

The same goes for ATA.  With the advent of serial ATA, then we must differentiate between serial ATA (SATA) and parallel ATA (PATA). Unless we specifically mention SATA or PATA, this manual will just use the ATA acronym.

 

And finally, this software is not just for disk drives. Many tape drives have a SMART-like feature called TapeAlert, which can be enabled and monitored with this software. Intelligent enclosures, auto changers, tape libraries, and even SCSI printers can be configured and monitored with this software.  We can even drill down inside several FC-based RAID engines and provide detailed information.

 

SANTOOLS® is registered in US Patent and Trademark Office No 3,107,854. All rights reserved.