Alternatives to SMART for Monitoring HDD Corruption

gravidThoughts asked:

Given that SMART is unreliable for predicting HDD failure, does anyone have a reliable alternative for automating quick identification of hard drives that are beginning to fail?

This is for Windows Server 2008 R2. I do not have the luxury of using ReFS.

My primary concern is backing up corrupted data for an extended period of time without knowing it is corrupted.

My answer:

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

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