A couple of weeks ago, right before my vacation, I got a message about a failing drive in Windows. I rushed out to Costco to get a 3TB external drive to backup to (only $129!) and completed that. Anyway, I wanted to see what exactly was going on so I booted to Linux to check the smart status to see what was up,definitely a failing drive.
Now I found a nice tool to view it in windows. From CCleaner people comes Defraggler: http://www.piriform.com/defraggler which shows SMART stats! SCORE! So if you're stuck with windows and need to check SMART status try this tool, it's free.