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SMART failure predicted on hard drive message

Fujitsu seimens / Amilo pa1510
July 30, 2010 at 01:34:30
Specs: Windows XP
I keep getting Smart failure predicted on hard drive, failure imminent, but the sysytem diagnostics says the hard drive is fine. Do I ignore or get a new hard drive?

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July 30, 2010 at 03:22:04
If everything is working fine it would ignore I for the time being. SMART does tend to be a little over enthusiastic at times. A lot depends on exactly which criteria SMART is complaining about and the are around 20 of them. I have run a hard drive for over twelve months with an imminent failure warning.

First thing to do is go to the drive manufactures web site and download their diagnostic tools. That will give your hard disk a more thorough check out and give you a more comprehensive idea of exactly what the problem is.

Or you can download a SMART monitor which will keep an eye on things. If it is something like bad sectors than that is something to be concerned about. If it is just something the the drive spin-up rate being a bit long then that's no so much of a problem

Just to be safe make sure you keep backups of any irreplaceable data.


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July 30, 2010 at 03:31:10
Thanks, I did use the manufacturers diagnostic tool which said all was fine. It may be working fine and I am just seeing problems where there are none.
I will try the smart monitor.
Thank-you again

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July 31, 2010 at 12:25:16
Ran the smart monitoring tool and on the self tests get failed. Function not implemented.
On the health check get failed, but no failed atributes found.
Which means what???? Help please....

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