Hard Drives

The following is a guest post written by Matthew Sawyer (forum member msawyer91) of Dojo North Software, developer of the popular and useful Home Server SMART Add-In for WHS and WHS 2011. For Christmas of 2009 my wife bought me an HP MediaSmart Server EX490. Being the geek that I am, I couldn’t leave the […]

Matt Sawyer of Dojo North Software has posted in the forums with the announcement of a new beta release of his Home Server SMART Add-In plus a special pre-release sale on the upcoming release his WindowSMART 2012 application. He is even handing out 5 free licenses to the first people to contact him. Home Server […]

Matt Sawyer of Dojo North Software has released an updated beta version of his Home Server SMART Add-In, as well as a standalone Windows application for monitoring hard drive health on non-WHS desktops or servers. This Add-In has been extremely valuable in our Troubleshooting forum to help users discover issues with their hard drives as […]

Matt Sawyer of Dojo North Software has posted in the forums announcing that he is in need of help testing the next release of his popular Home Server SMART Add-In. If you own an SSD, whether in your server or another PC you can help Matt with just a few minutes of your time. See […]

My first Windows Home Server lived in a beast of a case with plenty of room for 12 hard drives at a push, so when I decided to scale down and go the MediaSmart Server route it was a thought always in the back of my mind…. “What if I need more than 4 drives?” […]

Matt Sawyer of Dojo North Software has written to let us know that he has released version 2 of his highly useful and popular Home Server SMART Add-In for Windows Home Server. The release adds continuous, automatic monitoring and alerting, plus support for USB hard drives. Matt has also announced that he is beginning to […]

There’s plenty of information floating around that will tell you how much faster an SSD is compared to your regular platter based hard drive.  I personally use an SSD as the main OS drive in my Windows 7 desktop PC and just love how quickly the machine boots up and is ready for me to […]

Hard Drive Sentinel is a popular application here at MediaSmartServer.net, with it’s extensive list of features and ability to get SMART data from many different storage controllers that often aren’t supported by WMI. You can read a good overview and see some screenshots in this forum post. Forum member “UberDave” recently found a Windows desktop […]