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To ensure the best possible reliability from your hard drives, many BIOS versions offer the option to enable or disable a hard disk’s SMART capability. Monday, May 28, 2001 Keep your drives smart To ensure the best possible reliability from your hard drives, many BIOS versions offer the option to enable or disable a hard disk’s SMART capability.

In order to ensure the best possible reliability from your hard drives, a growing number of BIOS versions offer the option to enable or disable a hard disk’s SMART (Self Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology) capability. SMART is used to detect and report impending disk problems, and some third-party utilities use this technology to make disk diagnostics. This feature is normally controlled through your system’s CMOS Setup. Chances are that this feature (if available) will be disabled by default. If you know that the drive supports SMART, you can try enabling the feature for improved drive-system reliability.

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