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S.M.A.R.T

An acronym for Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology, S.M.A.R.T. was developed by a number of major Hard Disk Drive Manufacturers in a concerted effort to increase the reliability of drives. It is a technology that enables the computers to predict the future failure of hard disk drives. Through the S.M.A.R.T. system, hard disk drives incorporate a suite of advanced diagnostics that monitor the internal operations of a drive and provide an early warning for many types of potential problems. When a potential problem is detected, the drive can be repaired or replaced before data is lost. S.M.A.R.T. monitors the disk’s performance, bad sectors, calibration, CRC errors, disk spin-up time, distance between the head and the disk, temperature, features of medium, heads, motor or servo mechanism. Armed with a failure prediction, the user or system manager can back up key data, replace a suspect device prior to data loss, or avoid undesired downtime. Glyph’s current line of hard drives feature S.M.A.R.T.

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