Solved hard drive Failure is Imminent Message !

June 9, 2013 at 13:51:35
Specs: Windows 7
Keep getting this message everytime I do a RESTART :
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Hard Disk failure is imminent please backup your hard disk and have it replaced ! !

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June 10, 2013 at 04:32:51
My recommendation:
Back up your personal files Immediately, and daily until it is replaced.
Clone and replace the drive ASAP (today, tomorrow, as soon as possible).
If you cannot replace immediately and have an external drive with enough capacity, make an image of the drive (Windows Back Up) and make a Windows 7 Repair Disk (from the Back Up section) to be able to restore the image to the new drive if the old one dies before you can get the new one installed.

During the cloning or image restore process, some errors from the original drive may be carried over to the new drive, but if you do it soon enough, these may minor and be able to be ignored or repaired, if you wait for it to get worse, only a reinstall of the OS and programs and a restoring of your back up will get you going again.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.



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June 9, 2013 at 14:20:04
So back up your data and replace your hard disk.

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#2
June 9, 2013 at 15:26:54
It's warning you that the hard drive could stop working at any time, so you should be prepared for it. When (and if) it fails, you'll probably lose everything and won't be able to use the computer until you get a new hard drive.

Because it hasn't failed yet, I wouldn't worry too much, just make sure you have ALL the data you want to keep backed up (and if you rely on your computer and couldn't do a few days without it you could keep a spare hard drive handy to put in the computer if it fails). Otherwise those things could keep rattling on for years while still showing that notice.


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#3
June 9, 2013 at 17:47:09
'Imminent' can mean tomorrow or next year but assume you've got maybe a month. That will give you enough time to get a new one and clone the old one to it, otherwise you're looking at a fresh OS install on the new one.

SO GET MOVING !

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June 10, 2013 at 04:32:51
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My recommendation:
Back up your personal files Immediately, and daily until it is replaced.
Clone and replace the drive ASAP (today, tomorrow, as soon as possible).
If you cannot replace immediately and have an external drive with enough capacity, make an image of the drive (Windows Back Up) and make a Windows 7 Repair Disk (from the Back Up section) to be able to restore the image to the new drive if the old one dies before you can get the new one installed.

During the cloning or image restore process, some errors from the original drive may be carried over to the new drive, but if you do it soon enough, these may minor and be able to be ignored or repaired, if you wait for it to get worse, only a reinstall of the OS and programs and a restoring of your back up will get you going again.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#5
June 12, 2013 at 06:03:51
if you have not made the restore cds yet, do it while you still can.

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