Error Msg: Hard disk failure is imminent.

May 25, 2011 at 00:28:55
Specs: Windows Vista, 1.25 GB
Whenever I am starting my laptop or restarting it, it gives an error message that my hard disk is about to fail and i should replace/repair it. Also it states me to back up my data to avoid any data usage. And then it asks to press F1 to continue.

It happens before my computer even boots up. I am facing this problem since last two days. Before that my laptop used to crash down due to over heating and i have a strong believe that it has happened due to these frequent crashes.

I have backed up my disk but i want to avoid any case of repairing it, is there anything which i can do to avoid disk failure ? I have even used the Disk Check but nothing strange has been shown. There arent any bad sectors.

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May 25, 2011 at 08:15:15
There are many parameters checked with S.M.A.R.T. Bad sectors surely are one indication that a hard drive is going bad. That said, you may well have some bad sectors. Modern hard drives have reserved sectors that are automatically put into service when already in use sectors are marked as bad. Sometimes these sectors are not really bad and can be repaired. You should run a hard drive fitness test on the drive to determine the actual condition. Without knowing the brand of the hard drive I can't send you to the correct site to download a test.

I can suggest you download a utility called SIW that should yield the model of your hard drive. Then go to that manufacturers site for the test.

More likely than not your hard drive has sustained irreparable damage already. Possibly from the overheating you mentioned.

Get SIW free version at the link below.

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May 25, 2011 at 09:15:07
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A thank you would be nice, if I have helped.

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