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Old Dec 17, 2011, 08:04 PM   #1
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resetting tripped hdd smart

I have an old 27 gig ide hdd that has the smart feature tripped. I have marked and remapped the drive, as the bad sectors were at the end of the drive, I was able to partition the drive to enable the first 25 gigs to be used.
I use this drive to test donated computers, and do not intend to put into anything to stay.
It just annoys me to have to see this (smart tripped ) message. Any ideas as to how to reset the smart feature?
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Re: resetting tripped hdd smart

I don't think you can...... at least as far as I've been able to figure out.
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Re: resetting tripped hdd smart

In the old days, there was a possibility to 'soft' reset SMART on most HDDs (not persistent) and a good possibility to 'hard' reset SMART on a couple of certain brands using the manufacturer provided tools (there were some drives that had firmware updates and one of the 'benefits' of the update process was a SMART table wipe).

Some manufacturers can reset SMART on drives that get the "Factory Refurbished" tag via a specialised firmware wipe/upgrade process.

But you can't mess with SMART anymore without very specialised (~expensive) software/equipment and that's a really good thing, as there are a lot of jacka$$es that would sell you a bad drive without giving it a second thought. Not saying that you are one. I'm just explaining why it's a good thing.

I will just say that you have the option to disable SMART (SMART messages really, as you can't disable SMART completely) in most BIOSes, current or older.
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Old Dec 19, 2011, 07:46 PM Threadstarter Thread Starter   #4
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Re: resetting tripped hdd smart

Thanks for the replys--- I knew that there should be a way , or they could not sell refurbished drives. Thought that it mite not not take special equipment to do.
I'll just put up with the error message.
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