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

Michael Clark MClark at Nemschoff.com
Fri Sep 3 08:26:21 PDT 2004

SMART is not needed for anything.  It will only warn you when your hard
disks are going bad.  
I don't ever remember anything about it actually remapping sectors.

Its a hardware function, so it has nothing to do with FreeBSD really.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Angelin Lalev [mailto:lalev at sv-bg.com]
> Sent: Friday, January 02, 2004 1:51 AM
> To: freebsd-questions at freebsd.org
> Subject: what is S.M.A.R.T and do I need it when I'm using freebsd
> (5.x...)
> 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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