I checked with tech support that makes the 3ware
controllers. The 9000 series is for SATA drives only. They don't
have anything for PATA drives that support access to the SMART data, according
to the guy who took the call.
On the other hand, I didn't get a very confident
feeling talking to this tech support guy. He claimed the problem in
accessing the SMART data was that it was stored in hexadecimal format, and the
problem was in converting it to user-friendly format. Unbelievable.
Where do they get these people?
Thanks for your help with this very frustrating
-- Roy Zider
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, May 15, 2007 2:37 PM
Subject: Re: [smartmontools-support] Fw: Error, Self-test logs
access problem through PCI adapter (Windows XP)
> The one SIIG card (SIIG UltraATA 100
PCI HDD controller, Model
> SC-PE4A12, PCB v3.0, Driver cmdide.sys 2.0.7
> does support the retrieval of the error and
self-test logs, but
> misreports the size of an attached 120GB drive, and
in addition is
> limited to 128/137GB drives, and (as I recall) the BIOS
> flashable. But it is the only card that does yield the
> self-test logs, and it is the only one I have that is not
> as a SCSI miniport driver. (Implementation is PCI standard
> bridge, CMD PCI-0649 Ultra DMA IDE
Unlike SMART_RCV_DRIVE_DATA, which is passed down to the
it is (AFAIK) not possible to implement ATA_PASS_THROUGH in
> I assume then from
your reply (as the expert on the Windows
> implementation of
smartmontools) that you know of no PCI card (other
> than the one I've
identified here) that supports this call to get the
> error and self-test
logs, is that right?
> Including any kind of RAID
controller as well?
Yes - except 3ware 9000 series. The Windows driver
supports SMART access
of individual drives since version 9.4.0 (Older
drivers provided SMART
access to the first physical drive of a unit). This
of logs, implemented by a custom SCSI_MINIPORT ioctl.
smartmontools since 5.37.
> If so, this is really
frustrating, to say the least.