S.M.A.R.T. at RAID controllers

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Hardware RAID


Some RAID controllers in the form of PCI/PCI-express expansion boards do not support accessing the S.M.A.R.T. data of the various hard disk drives attached to them. Examples for these are adapters by Promise or Silicon Image. These controllers or the drivers required to use them are blocking any software from reading the values of the SMART attributes. Unfortunately, there is no way for Argus Monitor to access S.M.A.R.T. data on these RAID configurations.


Other RAID controllers however support reading the S.M.A.R.T. data of the attached hard disk drives. Examples for this are controllers by 3ware and LSI. With these controllers, Argus Monitor can access the S.M.A.R.T. data.


Integrated RAID controllers (on the mainboard) from Intel and JMicron offer the possibility to read S.M.A.R.T. data as well and are supported by Argus Monitor. Prerequisite is that a recent driver for them is installed, which should be available for download at the webiste of the mainboard vendor.


Supported RAID Controllers:


Software RAID


If you are running a RAID array using the software RAID functionality of your Microsoft Windows operating system, S.M.A.R.T. data can be accessed as with any other hard disk drive running in standard AHCI oder IDE mode.