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Is hard disk damage?

By zhaoqiang18 ·
When I turn on computer, maybe last time shut down computer not propriety so computer scandisk frist but it take me a lot time, so I select exit But after PNP Init completed
why got warning display.
Smart Failure predicted on primary master:Maxtor5T020H0 (I install 2 hard disk)
Warning: Immediately back-up your data and replace your hard disk drive. A failure may be imminent.

Windows can log on(must select),I defragment the C drive, also scandisk again in dos. But can't solve the problem.

What shall I do? I dun want see the warning and is hard disk damage?

Thanks!

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by Ann777 In reply to Is hard disk damage?

Backup your data!

You said that you ran a scandisk but it takes a long time... does it complete successfully? Does it find bad sectors? You need to let it complete, even if it takes several days, and know that the hdd may entirely fail when trying to complete that scandisk... so do make sure you have everything you need off of the hdd.

If the drive starts clicking and clacking (sounds like the read/write heads are slipping), then the hdd has bad sectors in that area. Scandisk can sometimes work through this and continue, but it needs time and if scandisk marks sectors as "bad," then I recommend that you replace the drive (see if it is still under warranty if it is relatively new).

If scandisk does not find anything wrong, then I recommend that you fdisk and format the drive and start over. If problems persist, replace the drive.

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by zhaoqiang18 In reply to Is hard disk damage?

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by CG IT In reply to Is hard disk damage?

Smart Drive is a tool contained in the BIOS and is used on systems that have RAID drives. What Smart Drive does is check for bad sectors on the drive, if it finds one, you see the error message you described. [Drives connected as a RAID array eitherMirror another drive of act as part of another drive. Writing data to a bad sector could cause data loss and that is what Smart Drive detects and warns you about. Your drive isn't bad per se. You CAN run one of the 3rd party disk utilities which will try to repair the bad sector or mark that sector as bad so data won't be written to it. But with Smart Drive enabled in the BIOS, you will continually get that message until you disable it.

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by CG IT In reply to Is hard disk damage?

I have a Quantum Fireball AS 30GB drive that has one bad sector in a cluster. What I did was use Norton Disk Doctor to try and repair it (didn't) and then marked it as bad. I still use the drive (in a workstation only )and have not had any problems with it. I disabled the Smart drive feature in the BIOS so I didn't get that pesky message all the time. If the computer you are using has sensitive or vital information, I wouldn't use that drive [there is possibility of a problem arising]but the drive still can be used.

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by zhaoqiang18 In reply to Is hard disk damage?

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by biano In reply to Is hard disk damage?

Hi,
SMART errors are flagged by the hard drive and picked up by the bios and SHOULD NOT be ignored. I would to to maxtor's website and download their hard drive confidence test (it used be called maxblast as far as i remember) but first of all , backup all your data as the hard drive is now unreliable,
biano

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by @lberto In reply to Is hard disk damage?

Hello there ...

The message you got is from the BIOS itself and you should be aware of it. Your expecting to have as it says an inmminent failure and eventually it will happen. You should be prepared for it.
Steps to take, first of all make backups as oftens as your data is updated, second, you could get a second drive and mirror the damaged one, then you could play with all the tools and downloads you want. But the disk will fail sooner or latter so be prepared.

Good luck and I hope youget your backup on place fast...

@lberto

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