server 2003 HardDisk

March 9, 2011 at 12:31:13
Specs: Windows XP
Please critical thinkers over there.am Agbolosu i have a problem concerning my hard disk on to which i have install Windows server 2003 Enterprise Edition and windows service pack2
i booted it on this morning and below are the messages that display on the screen.
1720 - smart Hard Drive detect imminent failure(failure attr:05) please back up the content of the drive and run HDD self test in f10. or press f1 to ignore.i ignore it that is why have get the opportunity in asking.these are the specifications of the laptop.
Hard disk=160
Memory=512
Speed 1.72 Ghz
Processor = intel
Brand= hp pentium M
Please what does the message means?
Please what are the courses of that message?
How should i resolve that problem without not solution any data?
PLEASE NEED HELP
thank you.


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#1
March 9, 2011 at 13:35:52
It means your hard drive is about to fail and is probably a good time to buy a new one. You could run a S.M.A.R.T. diagnostics on the drive to see if it is just a false positive.

As a side note, running Server 2003 on 512 Mb of RAM is not a good idea. And a Pentium M. Might be time to upgrade your rig.


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#2
March 9, 2011 at 13:54:44
How should can i run S.M.A.R.T diagnostics on the drive? please can you elaborate in to details for me. thank you

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#3
March 9, 2011 at 15:21:23
The FIRST thing you do is BACKUP YOUR DATA. It would be a very good time to make a image of the drive.

YOUR DRIVE IS ABOUT TO DIE. THIS IS NOT SOMETHING YOU CAN FIX

next step would be to order a replacement drive
then you would use the image you have to go on to the new drive.
you may need a usb drive laptop drive caddy to do this image restore.

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#4
March 11, 2011 at 07:44:24
As others have said, the drive is failing and you must backup your data ASAP. You may not have much time. You are lucky to have received this warning as drives sometimes die with no warning of any kind and data can be lost for a variety of other reasons as well. For this reason you must always have a current backup of important data.

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