From: Ron Martell on
NobodyMan <none(a)> wrote:

>For every instance where somebody said it was incorrect, there are at
>least thousands more who have the same experience but never reported
>Statistics can be so meaningless sometimes.

I have been repairing and servicing computers for the past 14 years,
well before the advent of the S.M.A.R.T. technology.

I have never encountered a single instance of anyone who has safely
ignored a S.M.A.R.T. failure warning for an extended period of time,
and have never read of any such instance other than your report.

I have, however, encountered many instances of totally dead hard
drives where the owners had either ignored the S.M.A.R.T. warnings or
had actually disabled S.M.A.R.T. in the BIOS setup so as to get rid of
them. I have one such machine in my shop at the moment, which I am
endeavoring to recover some critical files off of, without success so
far. The owner may be forced to make a decision to either forego any
recovery or spend a large sum of money to send the drive to a "clean
room" data recovery specialist. They had been ignoring the S.M.A.R.T.
warning for about 3 weeks and then one day the computer would no
longer boot.

Ron Martell Duncan B.C. Canada
Microsoft MVP
On-Line Help Computer Service

"The reason computer chips are so small is computers don't eat much."
From: Rattleon on
For Ron: I have been repairing and building PC's for 32 years and I have
seen several S.M.A.R.T. warnings that have been false. Once in a Great While
it does inform of pending failure, but rarely! Most Hard drive fail without
warning with "COD" (click of death).