S.M.A.R.T. parameters of hard drives, including internal and external SSD drives, protection from irrecoverable loss, prevention of hardware failures using Hetman Software tools.
SMART Parameters and Early Signs
of a Failing Hard Disk
This article talks about tools to use and parameters to check for to prevent accidental data loss due to hard drive failure.
S.M.A.R.T. (or simply SMART) is a monitoring system built into most modern hard drives. S.M.A.R.T. stands for Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology. The technology helps detect various reliability problems at an early stage, giving warning signs well in advance before the hard drive fails. By reading (and interpreting) the indicators, the user can prevent data loss by replacing the disk before the crash occurs. But what S.M.A.R.T. flags should we look at? There are dozens available!
Predicting SSD Failures:
Specific S.M.A.R.T. Values
Read about the S.M.A.R.T. values peculiar to SSDs and software to show you the disk wear level.
SSD drives don’t have some parameters that are specific to magnetic hard drives. Instead, they have other variables representing overall health of the disk. S.M.A.R.T. tools calculate SSD health by analyzing the following variables: Reallocated Sectors Count, Current Pending Sectors Count, Uncorrectable Sector Count, as well as Percentage of the Rated Lifetime Used (or SSD Life Left, whichever is available).
of NAS Storage Systems
Read about recovering data from a faulty network storage: the things you should and shouldn’t do. Can data recovery software help you?
Information above applies to logical errors in external storage systems in a fully working state. But what if some component of your external storage system fails? Or what if your NAS storage is simply worn out? Problems with NAS storage are easy to overlook.