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My first S.M.A.R.T. failure

Posted by dom on Thu Jan 24 00:32:54 +0100 2008

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.

1 response to 'My first S.M.A.R.T. failure'

  1. Thanks for the link to SMART Reporter. Also in my startup items now.

    I saw a SMART failure for the first time myself a couple weeks ago on a friend’s machine and was amazed, just like you, that Apple doesn’t notice you of the failure. Fortunately, no data loss occurred in this case.

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