Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology - S.M.A.R.T.,
also often written as 'SMART' is is a monitoring system
included in computer hard disk drives (HDDs) and
solid-state drives (SDDs).
Theoretically, as long as Windows or your system BIOS
doesn't alarm you of imminent disk failure your disk
should be OK. However, if the cause of your data loss is
unknown we suggest you take a look at the SMART data. iRecover
has a utility to view this data built-in.
To be able to observe SMART details, the hard disk needs
to be directly connected (e.g. not through USB, not inside
Checking a disk's SMART status using
Click 'Data Recovery for Windows and Linux' > Select
the physical disk from the list > Click 'More
functions' > Click 'S.M.A.R.T. information'.
In the below screenshot we have highlighted 'attributes'
that you need to pay special attention to; Reallocated
Sectors, Reallocation Events and Current Pending Sectors.
It is very well possible that the values in the RAW column
for these attributes are non-zero. Non-zero raw values
combined with data loss however are reason for alarm!
If you observe non-zero values for these attributes you
may want to contact us and sent us the SMART report (click
'Save to file') so we can determine if it is safe to
perform data recovery on the disk directly. The
alternatives would be to first create a disk image (so we
only need to read it once) or to sent the disk to a data