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Parameter has exceeded its normal..

Dell Dimension 3000
May 14, 2006 at 22:51:28
Specs: XP, P4 512

Hello,

This problem started occurring recently. When my sister starts up her computer, she gets this:

"NOTICE: The [primary/secondary/primary serial] IDE [master/slave] hard drive SELF MONITORING SYSTEM has reported that a parameter has exceeded its normal operating range. Dell recommends that you back up your data regularly. A parameter out of range may or may not indicate a potential hard drive problem"

The computer runs fine after that notice.

Any ideas?

Thank you as usual!!


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#1
May 15, 2006 at 04:46:45

Dell Help Page stated this Error Message as follow:

NOTICE: The [primary/secondary/primary serial] IDE [master/slave] hard drive SELF MONITORING SYSTEM has reported that a parameter has exceeded its normal operating range. Dell recommends that you back up your data regularly. A parameter out of range may or may not indicate a potential hard drive problem

If no replacement drive is immediately available and the drive is not the only bootable drive, enter system setup and change the appropriate drive setting to None. Then remove the drive from the computer.

i_XpUser


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#2
May 15, 2006 at 10:52:57

I suspect that it's a SMART message. Personally I don't trust SMART and think it sometimes puts out false error reports. But it wiould be a good idea to back up any valuable data, if you don't do that on a regular basis.

Do yourself a favor BACKUP!!!


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