I recently downloaded Active SMART to get a rough check up on my hard drive since it is pushing almost 5 or 6 years old. Everything came up good and it says no normal attributes were detected and my drive seems to be functioning normally. Disk health and disk performance are green-lighted as good and temp averages 29 to 32 degrees celsius. Hard drive is a Western Digital Protege WD800EB. I used Western Digital's hard drive test as well and both the quick and long test were passed.
All of my attributes have maintained an OK status. But when I go under "More Info About This Attribute", I noticed something under Attribute Flags that is confusing me. It states "PW: indicates a pre-failure condition (caused by exceeded threshold) where imminent loss of data is being predicted"
. It has been stated in Raw Read Error Rate, Spin Up Time, Reallocated Sectors Count, Seek Error Rate, Spin Try Count, Recalibration Retries, and Write Error Rate. I am confused as to what it means and why it is listed there. Here is a picture:http://s155.photobucket.com/albums/s303/MM...ActiveSMART.jpg
The circled red area is what I am referring to. What I do not understand is, is it a warning in reference to my specific hard drive or is it listed there as a what would show up if something was wrong, e.g. would it be listed next to one of the numbers in the area circled blue? Sorry if this doesn't make much sense.