Windows installation oddities
John A. Wallace <jw72253 <at> hotmail.com>
2014-08-22 18:58:39 GMT
I have installed the most recent Windows version 6.3-1, which I got from here: http://sourceforge.net/projects/smartmontools/files/latest/download. All appears to be running well from what I have seen so far. Thanks for that. I manually uninstalled the previous version.
I am a bit puzzled by the versioning and such. Before I got this version, I had been using one labeled as “smartmontools-win-6.2-2.zip”. However, your current program, along with its previous versions shown on the Sourceforge site, all appear to have “*.exe” formats, instead of the “*.zip” version; and your previous number shows to be version “-6.2-1”, not “-6.2-2”, such as I had. I’m not 100% sure where I got the previous one, but I thought it was on your official site, but it appears now that might not have been so. Have you changed numbering in this way?
Also, when I installed the previous version (on Windows 7 Pro), it went into “C:\Program Files (x86)\smartmontools for Windows\”. However, your current version ended up being installed to “C:\Program Files\smartmontools\”, since I chose to make use of the 64-bit version on my 64-bit OS. I presume that it would have gone to “C:\Program Files (x86)\smartmontools\”, if I had not clicked the checkbox for 64-bit during installation. Even so, one of the leftover folders from the previously installed version is “C:\Program Files (x86)\smartmontools for Windows\”, which did not get removed completely while un-installing, and it left behind two files: “smart.log” and “ and smartmontools-install-6.2-1.log”. Are these files in fact part of your program, or had I somehow gotten someone else’s version of smartmontools for Windows?
Finally, on to an important question about functionality, instead of administration, which I was looking for in the FAQ, but nothing showed up. So I am curious about whether it is possible whether a failing, or faulty, controller on an external USB enclosure could result in a report indicating that a disk was bad or failing although in fact it might just be that the controller itself, not the disk, could have a problem? Thanks.
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