My computer is predicted to die

April 7, 2014 at 08:00:07
Specs: Windows 8.1, Intel Pentium 8Gb RAM
Plz help me.
My computer's SMART function and PC Help Monitor have predicted my laptop's write/rewrite and Battery Capacity will cease completely soon.
I have only had my laptop for 6 months.
I do not know what to do, whether to trust this, I have already tried going eco, it seems to be going down just as fast.
I need advice on this, even though I know quite a bit about the tech in computers.

I need some help.
If you would be kind enough to post a response, I will be extremely pleased. Please note the following requirements if possible:
- No replacing 'parts'
- Not buying a new PC
- No using DOS or CMD
- No affecting hard drive/performance/recovery drive

I know these are hard terms to answer, but please try.

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April 7, 2014 at 08:39:36
No, they are impossible terms to answer, if your hard drive is dying, then there is nothing you can do about it, and will need to be replaced, period. You might be able to run a scan on it and mark the bad sectors but it will most likely continue to get more bad sectors and you run the risk of losing your data if you do. You should back up any important data immediately.
And if you battery is going dead, then it will need to be replaced too. So do you want further help with it?

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April 7, 2014 at 08:54:46
Did you buy it brand new from a shop? If you did, then take it back to them. Six months is not a reasonable lifetime. But if you bought it pre-used or from a private buyer then you have a bigger problem.

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April 7, 2014 at 09:00:13
If it still works well enough to copy your personal files (the "stuff" you don't want to lose) then do so "now".

Copy them all the DVD; check the copies can be accessed/read OK too. Then put the copies somewhere safe.

Then if you bought it from a store or a major (on-line) vendor etc. get in touch with them immediately ask for their attention and support.

Six months is a very short time for any computer to last...

What make and model is it; and where and when did you buy it?

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April 7, 2014 at 09:21:16
Is the SMART test a hard drive test? If so run the test

Or is this some software you have installed?

A lot of bogus s/w gives false readings so you buy their s/w

A thank you would be nice, if I have helped.

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April 7, 2014 at 10:05:31
I wouldn't get over anxious about the warning from SMART, they can be a bit premature at times.

I was getting SMART warning from a Western Digital drive 6 months after I bought it. It was still working well five years later when I took a hammer to it.

The warnings about backing up you data should be heeded though. It should be done as a matter of routine, not just when you think there might be a problem. Hard disks are essentially mechanical devices and like all mechanical devices, have a propensity to fail without warning at the least opportune moment.


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April 7, 2014 at 11:31:30
note the following requirements if possible:
- No replacing 'parts'
- Not buying a new PC
- No using DOS or CMD
- No affecting hard drive/performance/recovery drive

Ok, you basically said that you have a problem but you will never do anything to fix it. That's counterproductive. Eventually you will have to do something, that's inevitable.

Anyway, would you mind giving a little bit more information? For example, how large is the hard drive? You should get a backup drive that at least as large as your current drive, and back everything up to it.

As for your battery life AND the hard drive warning, if you don't actually notice any decrease in operating time or errors (i.e used to run for 2 hours, now will only run for an hour or your hard drive is extremely slow, random blue screens etc.) don't worry about it. SMART can be oversensitive about your hard drive health and battery life warnings aren't necessarily accurate either.

Go talk to whatever company you bought this from. A 6 month lifespan is very unreasonable and any company with any intelligence will have at least a 1-year warranty if not more.

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