Years ago a server lost some important data because the hard disk had no more spare sectors to reallocate bad ones. That hard disk supported S.M.A.R.T. and information about available spare sectors were available, but nobody took advantage of it. Thanks to the S.M.A.R.T. technology, when the hard disk on the new server started showing pending sectors it was possible to move the data to a new storage device and replace the hard disk with a new one. Newer servers, that use RAID setups, can now have their about to fail hard disks replaced with no or very little downtime. If the right tool is used!
The power of crowd knowledge
A lot of users share the same hard disk model. HddStatus builds advanced models by comparing multiple real hard disks from all over the World and uses them to identify problems before they become more serious.
How it works
HddStatus users receive their own unique user id and can link a number of computers and hard disks to their account. On each computer, a small PHP script will have to be executed every few hours to send the relevant hard disk information to HddStatus main servers. HddStatus servers will then inform the user about impending failures and/or important events by means of emails (and SMS, in the future). An Android app is on its way to check the status of all the hard disks linked to an account. Of course, it will be possible to manage the user account and view the status of all the hard disks by accessing the HddStatus website. The website will display the widest range of information, including expert-like advice.