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Hard drives can die randomly and suddenly. SMART helps identify the ones that die slowly, but not the ones that die quickly. When 'beginning to fail' and 'completely dead' are seconds apart, there is no warning. If you are concerned about corrupt data going unnoticed you should use a hardware RAID solution that has a media patrol type feature which ...


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Use a filesystem which is capable of detecting and repairing corruption, such as ZFS or btrfs, or Windows ReFS.



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