Self-monitoring, analysis and reporting technology (S.M.A.R.T.) is a technology to protect user data and minimize the likelihood of unscheduled system downtime that may be caused by predictable degradation and/or fault of the device. By monitoring and storing critical performance and calibration parameters, S.M.A.R.T. devices attempt to predict the likelihood of near-term degradation or fault condition. Providing the host system the knowledge of a negative reliability condition, allows the host system to warn the user of the impending risk of a data loss and advise the user of appropriate action.