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Advanced SmartCheck

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Advanced SmartCheck is a unique software program that is designed to provide detailed and comprehensive information about the hard drive health on all your network computers and help prevent hard drive failure and loss of important and valuable data.

Advanced SmartCheck can monitor hard drives health of a lot of computers and display all statistics at a single workplace, higliting the most dangerous changes in a drives health and displaying it to the Network Administrator or sending report by E-mail.

Advanced SmartCheck with S.M.A.R.T. values
Advanced SmartCheck main window (click to view full size)

The main advantage of the Advanced Smart Check is a single Administrator's workplace where all the data is collected. So, the person, responsible for the hardware, will see the health of the all hard drives and can make a decision if it is necessary to replace any drive BEFORE it fails and the data loss will happen.

The Advanced SmartCheck can also show the overheated hard drives, so the technical stuff can make a decision of purchasing additional cooling fans for these hard drives, because the hard drive life becomes twice less if it is working at 100 degrees Fahrenheit (35 Centigrades) in comparison with the same drive, working at 70 degrees (25 Centigrades).

The other S.M.A.R.T. monitoring tools (including our Personal SmartCheck) does not provides any information to the system administrator and could be closed by the user because the constant alerts from the S.M.A.R.T. monitoring tool disturbs him.

S.M.A.R.T. stands for Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology. It was developed by a number of major Hard Disk Drive Manufacturers in a concerted effort to increase the reliability of drives. It is a technology that enables the PC to predict the future failure of hard disk drives. S.M.A.R.T. technology has become an industry standard for hard drive manufacturers.

The S.M.A.R.T. system does just what its name implies it does. It monitors the drive for anything that might seem out of the ordinary, documents it, and analyzes the data. If it sees something that indicates a problem, it is capable of notifying the user (or, if applicable, the system administrator). S.M.A.R.T. monitors the disks performance, bad sectors, calibration, CRC errors, disk spin up time, distance between the head and the disk, temperature, features of medium, heads, motor or servo-mechanism. In all, over 35 attributes are covered by S.M.A.R.T. The errors that the system can detect can be predicted by a number of methods. Currently the SMART system can detect around 70% of all hard drive errors.

Advanced SmartCheck main window
Advanced SmartCheck with S.M.A.R.T. values (click to view full size)

For example, motor and/or bearing failure can be predicted by an increase in the drive spin-up time and the number of retries it takes to succeed in spinning up the drive. Or, if the drive notes that the error correction is being used excessively, it can attribute this to a broken drive head or contamination, and alert you before the problem gets worse. Armed with a failure prediction, the user or system manager can back up key data, replace a suspect device prior to data loss, or avoid undesired downtime.

Advanced SmartCheck uses S.M.A.R.T. technology to monitor all networked PC's hard drives internal S.M.A.R.T. attributes, predict possible drive failure and prevent data loss. Using predictions settings, Advanced SmartCheck lets you know about a potential disk health problem before you lose valuable data.


Advanced SmartCheck Options window (click to view full size)

With Advanced SmartCheck, the Network Administrator will have the most recent information about the health of all hard drives on all of the computers installed across the network. Prediction of the nearest T.E.C. of any hard drive can prevent valuable data loss by replacing dangerous drives and backing up all data.

Advanced SmartCheck consists of two parts: The Client Component and the Administrator's Component.

The Client Component of Advanced SmartCheck could be launched at all network computer from user's login script. It collects the values of all S.M.A.R.T. attributes and other information:

  • Drive vendor
  • Hard disk size in Megabytes and Gigabytes
  • Hard disk model
  • Hard disk serial number
  • Hard disk firmware version
  • Starting date of S.M.A.R.T. monitoring with Advanced SmartCheck
  • Date of last check of selected drive by Advanced SmartCheck
  • Date of nearest T.E.C. for this drive (if one or more S.M.A.R.T. attributes has dangerous degradation)

The Administrator's Component of Advanced SmartCheck saves all S.M.A.R.T. attributes values into the build-in database and calculates the T.E.C. (threshold exceed condition) dates for each S.M.A.R.T. attribute of all hard drives.

The drives with critical attributes values could be reported by E-mail to system Administrator in secifyed interval of days.

Report sample
Advanced SmartCheck report sample (click to view full size)

System Administrator can control report generation process by setting various parameters in the Options window.

Options window with report generation and sending parameters (click to view full size)

Minimal program requirements:

Parameter
Administrator's workplace
Client part
Processor vendor
Intel or 100% compatible
Processor seed
500 MHz
200 MHz
Hard disk space
60 MB
1 MB
RAM
64 MB
16 MB
Windows version
NT 4, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista 32 bit

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