What is Self-Monitoring Analysis & Reporting Technology (S.M.A.R.T.)? - Definition from WhatIs.com

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Self-Monitoring Analysis & Reporting Technology (S.M.A.R.T.)

Part of the Computing fundamentals glossary:

Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology (S.M.A.R.T.) is an interface between a computer's start-up program or BIOS (basic input/output system) and the computer hard disk. It is a feature of the Enhanced Integrated Drive Electronics (EIDE) technology that controls access to the hard drive. If S.M.A.R.T is enabled when a computer is set up, the BIOS can receive analytical information from the hard drive and determine whether to send the user a warning message about possible future failure of the hard drive.

This was last updated in April 2008
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