Well, there is most likely no way to know before-hand that a disk will fail. But you could try to read the signs. And what a surprise, there is help already available. This S.M.A.R.T. thingy could be of help; SMART collects a lot of data of your disks, which can be used to evaluate how “well” your disk is doing. This could show some up-coming trouble.
To read the SMART-Data, there exists quite a few programs. For Linux you would most likely use smartmontool, and fortunatly, these tools are also available for Windows!
Getting and Installing smartmontool
- Just download the latest Windows-Installer from sourceforge, which will install all needed binaries.
- Edit the smartd.conf to meet your needs
- Either run
smartdin daemon-mode, or as a Windows Service
DEVICESCAN option allows to detect all available devices and add them to the monitoring list; but I like to tailor my config-files a little. So I comment-out the
DEVICESCAN and add some options of my own:
hda -a -o on -S on -I 194 -I 231 -I 9 -m sysmsgbox
This will monitor my 1st disk, and ignore some measures (
-I 194 -I 231 -I 9) like thermal stuff. Besides that I would like to carry out all of the typical tests (
-a), do selftests (
-o on) and collect statical data (
-S on). Finally I would like to get a popup (‘-m sysmsgbox’; this is just available in the windows version) if something is going wrong