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It Says Harddrive Imminent Failure


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#1 annabel

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Posted 17 July 2007 - 08:07 AM

I forgot to shut down my computer for a complete day and before i went to Florida my sister had shut it down, but by holding down the power button cause she doesn't know how to otherwise. Now, when i turn on the computer it says Hard drive imminent failure then it leaves the options "press f10 for computer setup and f1 for boot". If i hit f1 it starts up, but then once it loads it freezes. I have a feeling that i may have to reformat, but i can't seem to find my reformatting disk or the drivers disk. Are there any other options, or can i go about doing this without the disks?

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Posted 17 July 2007 - 12:15 PM

Hi annabel and welcome to bleeping computer.

That message usually means that you have a bad sector on the hard drive or that it is going south. Can open in safe mode?

What make and model is your computer?

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#3 annabel

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Posted 21 July 2007 - 06:10 PM

I've tried turning it on in safe mode using the site that was given to me to help go about doing that:

http://jayloden.com/SafeMode.htm

But i still get the same error what can i try now? I've been able to get on several times, but only for a short amount of time before it froze again. Sometimes the error message doesn't appear and starts up correctly, but it still freezes.

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Posted 21 July 2007 - 06:20 PM

Does the message begin with "SMART failure predicted on primary master: XXXXXXXX"
"WARNING: Immediately back-up your data and replace your hard disk drive. A failure may be imminent."?

if you are getting this message: get your files backed up!! i say again, get your files backed up.
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Posted 21 July 2007 - 06:25 PM

No, it only says that the hardware detect imminent failure.

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Posted 21 July 2007 - 06:32 PM

My recommendation is not to take any chances, and to make copies or back up your data immediately. Normally when you get messages like that the hard drive is getting ready to fail. maybe today, maybe next week or month, it is hard to predict, as the messages are deliberately dumbed down.
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Posted 21 July 2007 - 06:34 PM

Okay, well the files are not what's really important to me all i really need is to get it working properly again. Do you know of any methods i could go about doing to try and fix this?

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Posted 21 July 2007 - 06:59 PM

The only thing that I can think of is to go into the bios and turn off smart monitoring, I don't recommend it. the best thing would be to replace the hard drive.
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Posted 21 July 2007 - 07:04 PM

And what would it take to replace the hard drive?

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Posted 21 July 2007 - 07:34 PM

what kind of computer is this? we need to know if you have an ide or sata hard drive, if the machine is off the shelf or custom, what model is it, do you have the restore discs or the os disc and driver discs. placing the new hard drive in the computer is simple, but everything that must be done after can become complicated.

check this Guide on Installation.
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Posted 21 July 2007 - 08:01 PM

what kind of computer is this? we need to know if you have an ide or sata hard drive, if the machine is off the shelf or custom, what model is it, do you have the restore discs or the os disc and driver discs. placing the new hard drive in the computer is simple, but everything that must be done after can become complicated.

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The computer is a compaq 95, but im not sure what kind of hard drive it is. I have misplaced the drivers discs thats why i haven't tried reformatting the computer. The only disc that i do seem to have is a recovery disc, I've gotten this computer awhile ago and have lost a lot of parts to it.

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Posted 21 July 2007 - 11:24 PM

It might be hard to find a hard drive for a windows 95 machine or a machine of that age. You will probably have to look on ebay for something about 8 to 12 gig in size. What windows is on the machine?
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