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Imminent hard drive death


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#1 dc3

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Posted 05 August 2005 - 03:44 AM

I just reformatted my computer, and when I start it I get the following message: Pri Master Hard Disk: S.M.A.R.T. Status BAD, Backup and Replace. I'm using it and haven't had a hitch since I reformatted it, is it a sure thing that my hard drive is on its' last leg?

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Posted 05 August 2005 - 08:14 AM

Usually it is a pretty good indicator that there are issues with your drive.
I would go out and get another hard disk.

However, if the computer is a secondary computer that is rarely used, or not used for anything important, I would wait until the hard disk dies. In some cases, I have seen a drive last a couple of years after getting this message...or, it could die today...

I compare this to the check engine light being on in your car...:thumbsup:

Good-luck.
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Posted 05 August 2005 - 11:41 PM

Het Joshuacat...I have a Maxtor hard drive and found out that they have a diagnostic tool call Power Max, I downloaded it and ran the extended test and found one problem which the program repaired. I went back into the BIOS and enabled the S.M.A.R.T. section and rebooted only to find the same BAD message, so I went back to the BIOS and disabled it. I guess I'll just have to live with it, and keep an eye on it. :thumbsup:

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