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Old 01-26-2005, 01:22 AM   #1
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smartd failed

I am running FC3 with XP, using two sata drives in a 3GHz Dell. On boot up I always get a message that smartd failed, but I don't know of any problems. What does this mean? Is this related to the fact that I am running sata drives? What is the significance of the smartd failure?

Old 01-26-2005, 01:30 AM   #2
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I've had this happen on every Fedora system I've installed, and never actually had any problems arise, so you should be ok. I'd also like to know why this is so.
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You'll have to check your BIOS and ensure that SMART is enabled for you drive. SMART (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology System) is a 'low level thingy' that's build into the hard drive to detect weakening sectors before they become bad sectors. smartd is a utility that helps track that on the higher level OS as well.

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smartd does not currently work with SATA drives. It is relatively easy to get it to work with IDE drives, but that won't help you with your SATA.


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