ultra DMA mode-5

  'oppy 17:54 25 Feb 2003

On post boot up I see this on my screen.......
ULTRA DMA MODE-5 S.M.A.R.T. capable but disabled,
is it an advantage to the system? if so, what does it do, and how do I enable it?......(running windows xp home)

  froggg 18:01 25 Feb 2003

smart can give warning of hard drive failure;enable in bios,but probably will use resources ,most h/d's these days are fairly bulletproof.

  ellas 19:16 25 Feb 2003

what DMA is your harddrive running at the minute,in device manager,ide/atapi controllers,mine is ultra dma mode-5.

  'oppy 23:52 25 Feb 2003

thanks froggg for the explanation.........ellas...ide ata/atapi controllers

  DieSse 00:12 26 Feb 2003

It's an excellent idea to enable SMART - it's provided by the drive manufacturers as an aid to predicting certain types of hard drive failure.

It uses no system resources (unless you run a small SMART monitoring program - when resources used are very small). Simply go into the BIOS and enable it.

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