Posted 24 February 2008 - 12:48 PM
Unfortunately, while there is a standard set of SMART attributes, there are additional attributes that drive manufacturer's add to their firmware. A generic test (such as SpeedFan or HDTune) will do a good job of determining serious failures, the additional tests built in by the manufacturer may give you a "leg up" on detecting impending problems.
As there's no central repository of what tests are offered by which manufacturers, I prefer the method of using the test from the company who manufactured the hard drive. They will know best what's right/wrong with their hardware.
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