I've been using a Dell XPS 8700 PC for just barely two years, currently running Windows 10. It has a 2TB standard hard drive and also a small (I think 32 gig?) solid state drive, configured just to speed up the PC/operating system. It came pre-installed with a program called "Intel Rapid Start Technology Manager" that handles that aspect. Anyway, the other day I get a warning message from this Intel Rapid Start Technology Manager that says:
"SATA disk on Controller 0, Port 0: At risk (SMART event)"
I had idea what that meant, but after doing some quick research it seems to indicate that despite the fact that my PC is running fine now, there is a problem with my 2TB drive and it will eventually fail in a matter of days, weeks, or months.
Are these SMART events always indicative of future hard drive damage? Is there any way I can confirm there is a problem with my hard drive? I've scanned the drive with Windows and it said there were no problems. I'm trying to back up what I can, but I'd really like to be able to figure out exactly what the problem is, or if there even is a problem. I have a warranty with Dell, but a moderator on Dell's help forum didn't seem to think Dell would offer a replacement until the drive actually failed. Does anyone have experience with that?
Thank you so much in advance for your answers.