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BIOS Message - S.M.A.R.T. status BAD, Backup and Replace...


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#1 Bramish

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Posted 16 June 2013 - 03:30 AM

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I'm getting this message when I start my computer:

(only the red ringed part is relevant to my comp - I found this image online)

My comp will work fine when I press F1 most of the time, but sometimes takes longer getting into Windows and sometimes just shuts itself down randomly.

 

I ran chkdsk and it told me everything was fine.

 

Specs:

MS Windows XP Home SP3
Intel Pentium 4 CPU 3.40 GHz
2.0 GB RAM
NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS

Hard drive is 2 years old max.

Thanks in advance,

Stuart


Edited by Bramish, 16 June 2013 - 03:31 AM.


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#2 Platypus

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Posted 16 June 2013 - 03:50 AM

Really there are only two options, replace the drive, or leave it until it fails. It will only get worse.


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#3 Bramish

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Posted 16 June 2013 - 03:55 AM

Really that bad eh? OK, thanks. Any recommendations for a hard drive that'll last a bit longer?



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Posted 16 June 2013 - 04:08 AM

While chkdsk is not finding anything, the error correction is managing to redo corrupt reads (slow loading) and sometimes failing to correct (shutdowns). Once it gets so bad that chkdsk finds problems, you're over the edge. If you want to clone the existing installation while it still works, now's the time.

 

It's difficult to predict what will give you the best results. Your current drive failure is probably just a random event, although most manufacturers at some time have gone through an unreliable patch. I've mostly used Seagate and Western Digital drives, my main laptop now utilizes a Crucial M4 SSD.


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#5 Bramish

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Posted 16 June 2013 - 04:47 AM

Great. Thanks for your help. I just finished backing up all my important stuff. Might bite the bullet and use this opportunity to upgrade to a totally new system.



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Posted 16 June 2013 - 04:52 AM

Fair enough. It's a good excuse. :)


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