Hard disk error

June 25, 2011 at 06:52:55
Specs: Windows Vista
I go to turn on my computer, and i get a error message before it even completely loads up saying Hard Drive Self Monitoring System has reported that a parameter exceeds its normal operating range... press f1 to continue and f2 for setup. it worked fine yesterday. ;( I attempted f1 and there were no errors found?!?!? HELP!

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June 25, 2011 at 08:09:00
S.M.A.R.T. functions http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S.M.A.R.T

It will probably work for a while before you notice the errors start to creep in. I would transfer the data to another harddrive and use this one as a non-reliable service drive until it fails (swap file or temporary file drive).
You may be able to download from the manufacturer, a utility to read the smart code, re-manufacture, reset, reformat, the drive. The SMART error number you have will determine the success or ability to do this. ***You will loose all data on the drive using this application.***
For seagate drives:
For WesternDigital Drives:

Either way, you will need another hard drive, even if it's just a backup drive. Data is to valuable to loose. Everyone has their favorite brand if you ask. Tom's Hardware Guide has reviews of several. Although these drives are the newest, the review might help on what to look for.

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