Specifically, can faulty system memory cause a hard drive SMART failure and can a bad hard drive connector cause a SMART failure?

  • I ask this because I have a laptop that has had 3 hard drives suffer smart failures in quite close succession, a few months apart. Any ideas what I should be looking at? Aside from binning this laptop that is. – Rich May 16 '11 at 11:09

I would guess that the answer to both questions is no, because SMART is handled internally by the disk and should be independent of the rest of the system.

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