what is S.M.A.R.T and do I need it when I'm using freebsd (5.x...)

Angelin Lalev lalev at sv-bg.com
Fri Sep 3 06:21:31 PDT 2004

Hi everyone,

I've got this question that bugs me.

It seems that the bios setup utility on my desktop machine (MB. 
GA-8IPE1000-G Pro) does not support turning on S.M.A.R.T.

I remember that long ago I've read somewhere in the net
that S.M.A.R.T has to do something with remapping the bad sectors
on the IDE drive similar to the way SCSI controller should do it,
but probably I've got it wrong...

So, what is S.M.A.R.T, does FreeBSD use it, and should it be turned
on trough the bios setup utility?

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