My bad luck with hardware continues to amaze me. Bought in September last year, my Western Digital 250 GB latop drive has a S.M.A.R.T. failure. A first for me, normally my disks fail first and then show a S.M.A.R.T. error. How did I notice? I accidentally openend disk Utility and my disk showed up red. What I am wondering is why apple doesn’t show me the S.M.A.R.T. status more prominently somewhere if it fails?
If your disk has a S.M.A.R.T. failure and you are on a Mac then you can get more information about the failure using SMART Utility – which shows me this:
Which IMHO means that this time I could be lucky and no data has been damaged. So here I go and order a replacement from the Western Digital website which much to my suprise offers a variant where I get the new disk first, and have to send the broken one back in a 30 day time window. So if my disk holds up until then I can safely clone it using disk utility. If not, I have my time machine backup and will see how well it will restore my old state. Wish me luck!
P.S.: I just found SMART Reporter which actually checks for the S.M.A.R.T. status all the time, and shows up an alert and red hard drive if it detects a failure. It is freeware, and has just been added to my startup items.