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Tue, Mar 05, 2024 10:52 pm

Checking SMART status, fan speed, and temperature on a Microsoft Windows system

A user sent me a text message today stating she heard a strange noise from one of the systems in her office today. The photo she sent with the text message showed me the system she referenced was the domain controller in her office. I thought the noise likely came from a fan or disk drive, so I remotely connected to the server and checked the Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology (S.M.A.R.T or SMART) status of the drives attached to the system — many drives have a self-monitoring capability built into them that can provide diagnostic information on the drive, including information that may reveal to you that the drive may fail soon).

I checked the status of drives attached to the system by opening a command prompt window and issuing a Windows Management Instrumentation Command-line (WMIC) command, but the results indicated all of the drives were OK.

C:\>wmic diskdrive get status, size, model
Model                            Size           Status
DELL PERC S150 SCSI Disk Device  999642954240   OK
WD Elements SE 2622 USB Device   1000169372160  OK
PNY USB 2.0 FD USB Device        62018611200    OK


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