smartmontools contains utility programs (smartctl, smartd) to control/monitor storage systems using the Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology System (S.M.A.R.T.) built into most modern ATA and SCSI disks. It is derived from smartsuite.
- Schedule S.M.A.R.T. testing of your drive on a regular base with smartd
- smartd prints log messages and triggers alert mails when a failure of your drive is predictable
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Great set of tools for monitoring HDD and SMART data etc. For poster TheFlipSide, yes there are a couple of good GUI tools that layer over and drive the lower level command set. For windows, I use this very good one: hddguardian so search for that on the CODEPLEX (I cannot put a URL in the review).
Have been using smartctl for ages and included it into ever-fresh ALT Linux Rescue of course -- the project is just great!