How do I fix imminent hard drive failure error message

August 12, 2012 at 13:27:28
Specs: Windows Vista, AMD 9500 / 4 Gb
How do i fix this problem
Error msg for secondary hard drive "imminent failure" even when primary and secondary drives are swapped. both drives have a boot os on them. I moved the secondary from sata port 2 to sata port 3 and the error message still appears on boot and restart.

The message does not appear when only one of the drives is connected.
vista on one of the drives and windows 7 on the other.
Also swapped out sata cable for a new one.


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#1
August 12, 2012 at 15:33:46
Get either generic hard drive diags or use the drives' OEM diags.

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#2
August 12, 2012 at 16:00:04
As in #1 above plus test memory with Memtest.
If memory tests OK as well as both hard drives, try setting BIOS to boot from one drive only (set one a bootable and the other as not), or keep both bootable but change the boot order. Experiment a bit to see what works. This will only work if each OS was the sole one when it was installed, keeping its own boot files on its own drive rather than using the same MBR.

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#3
August 12, 2012 at 17:08:28
I downloaded the Hatachi Drive Fitness test 4.16 and when I ran it the results were good. No errors reported

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#4
August 13, 2012 at 09:18:36
Are they both hitachi drives?

Did you run memtest as suggested?

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#5
September 4, 2012 at 12:03:46
Only the windows 8 drive is a hitachi. The memory test did not find any errors.

Thanks for trying.


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