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By mikep ·
Hi,
Can anyone help me with an answer to the following error when I start up my laptop.
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SMART FALIURE PREDICTED ON HARD DISK 0:
WARNING: IMMEDIATELY BACK-UP YOUR DATA AND REPLACE YOUR HARD DISK DRIVE. A FALIURE MAY BE IMMINENET

PRESS F1 TO CONTINUE
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When I press F1 windows 2000 will only load so far and then a get errors and it all locks up.

Hope someone can help.

thank you

Mike

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by cglrcng In reply to Failure Predicted

Your drive has a program called "Smart Disk", it just warned you what to do and that a drive failure is emminent. It will happen very soon, do what it say's and figure out the media you will use and do a complete backup. If you can't find someone who can. Then contact the drive manufacture & find out if it's under warranty, if so they will replace it, you will fdisk & format, install the OS and restore the data. Or you will fdisk C:\, format C then run the Restore disks. Then restore your data files.

Smart is more than smart, what that means is that the spare sectors on your drive are almost totally full. Every drive manufactured has a few bad sectors, any info in those sectors as found is then stored on a finite number of "spare sectors" set aside for just that purpose. Your "spare" sectors are nearing totally full! Once all spares are full, your drive is considered failed, as there is no room for any errors to be recovered.

Take the advice quickly!!

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by cglrcng In reply to Failure Predicted

Just re-read what I wrote. You will do the activity of restoring the old data & OS on a "New Drive" or refurbished drive provided by the manufacturer in the case of an in warranty drive. You will purchase a drive if yours is out of warranty. Just wanted to make sure you don't prepare a failed drive to accept old data as you would be dealing w/ future and past failure @ the same time.

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by jsolari020 In reply to Failure Predicted

the guy before me the right idea

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by Data Ninja In reply to Failure Predicted

Since you aren't able to get into the OS it will be difficult to access your data to save. You have two options:
1) Acquire a new hard drive, re-install the OS and any applications you had on it. Install the old hard drive as a "slave" unit and youshould be able to access all of your data files and move them to the new drive.
2) It has been known that Smart capable drives don't always report properly such problems. You can always attempt going to www.grc.com and purchasing Spinrite for a small fee and put it on a boot disk, then run it on the suspect drive. It is capable of returning bad sectors to operation and restoring full functionality to drives by thoroughly testing and restoring the "magnetic" capabilities of each sector of the drive. There's a good description of the program at the website.
NOTE: I would still consider replacing the drive and using the original as a second unit, just use Spinrite to get it bootable again so you can perform a backup to later restore to thenew one.

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