Problem booting up comp S.M.A.R.T. Command..

March 9, 2011 at 21:10:29
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I just got a labtop from my brother in law that is having a problem booting up. Immediately on start up i get a message "Pri Master Hard Disk: S.M.A.R.T. Command failed" i press F1 to continue booting up anyway i get to the windows XP loading screen, then a half of a secomd of the blue screen of death and the whole proccess starts over again. I dont know what the exact problem is. Can anyone guess/tell me what i need to do or replace?

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March 9, 2011 at 21:20:57
When that SMART started showing up for me, that was an early warning that the harddrive could fail at any time. So I backed up my files, then bought a new one.

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March 9, 2011 at 21:29:05
Ditto what Chuck said, you need to replace the hard drive. If the laptop is half decent it is probably worth it. The new hard drive will be blank requiring the Windows operating system and drivers to be installed to get it working.

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March 9, 2011 at 22:11:11
Thanks! Might sound like a dumb question but i need to replace tthe hard drive with the exact same hard drive only a new one yes?

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March 9, 2011 at 22:53:04
S.M.A.R.T. technology is a "best-guess", a "future-modeling" scenario to provide the user with some fore-warning about possible/probable imminent hard-drive failure.

I say "possible/probable" in italics as a caveat, seeing as I have a unit here that has given that same warning for the last three years, yet still ticks along just fine... but... I don't get the BSOD, and all other drive diagnostics under either Windows or Linux do not report any problems. Still -- out of precaution, I make sure that hard-drive never holds any critical data. Even if my BIOS gave me the option to enable/disable that feature (it does not), I consider having that F1-or-else warning a good reminder.

In your case, that BSOD really suggests something beyond a fair warning (as long as connections have already been thoroughly checked to be well-seated)

Re.: your latest post --NO, you do not need to replace with an exact duplicate. The Microsoft website is the better place to obtain information on that particular concern.

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March 9, 2011 at 23:15:13
Microsoft's website not only confuses but angers me, that's why i came here for answers. The labtop is an Averatec 3250 series. Would any standard 2.5" hard drive be compatible with my labtop?

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March 9, 2011 at 23:44:25
I empathize with you re.: Microsoft website... But you have to be aware that your installation of the XP system is valid contingent on certain factors (mostly, or perhaps even limited to: original hardware state).

In a nutshell, the original installation was "validated' using a "point" grading system, which allows limited hardware alterations/upgrades, etc.

This quickly becomes too long a discussion for a single post on this forum, that is why I directed you to the Microsoft site in the first place. However, judicious use of "the Google" will direct you to sensible non-Microsoft sites where this "validation" is well-defined.

The upshot is: most likely, a hard-drive replacement will probably not permanently disqualify you from re-installing XP using the original COA number (stuck on a label on the underside of this laptop.

Your concern about compatibility is best addressed to/by the manufacturer (Averatec). You can view, or even download the manual for your laptop at:

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March 9, 2011 at 23:47:13
Any sata 2.5 hdd will work.

We can not fight new wars with old weapons, let he who desires peace prepare for war - PROPHET.

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March 10, 2011 at 07:43:15
Sorry IMpatient i haven't been a technical know it all in a couple years so i don't fully understand what you're saying =/. but given that any sata 2.5 will work i could buy this one:

And it would work yes?

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