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Hard disk failure warning - Samsung HD103SJ

Q: Hard disk failure warning - Samsung HD103SJ

Hello, I have issue my with current HDD, which is Samsung HD103SJ, where I keep getting a hard disk failure warning for every 20min or so.. and wonder if there any fix for it rather than buying a new one, if possible.


A: Hard disk failure warning - Samsung HD103SJ

You can't fix a failing hard-drive, I would suggest backup all your important files and data, and then run some hard-drive diagnostics to assess the situation better:

Run some hard-drive diagnostics and follow these steps:Hard Drive Diagnostic Procedure
Find your hard-drive manufacturer and run their tests.

Additional Tests:SeaTools for DOS | Seagate
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Quote: Originally Posted by writhziden

If you have an SSD, make sure the following are up to date:SSD firmware
BIOS Version
Chipset Drivers
Hard disk controller drivers/SATA drivers
If you have a Marvell IDE ATA/ATAPI device, make sure the drivers are up to date from the Intel site or Marvell site and not from your motherboard/vendor support site.

Check for any file system errors and bad sectors using Option #2 of:Disk Check
Use this command with Disk Check:

chkdsk C: /f /r

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Hi From a past few days, whenever I fire up my Notebook PC, a warning shows at the start: "The SMART hard disk check has detected an imminent failure. To ensure not data loss, please backup the content immediately and run the Hard Disk Test in System Diagnostics." When I start the Hard Disk Test in System Diagnostics, it says, SMART Hard Disk Test failed. What exactly is the problem? Is it that my hard disk drive is corrupted or someting? Also, do I need to repair my hard disk drive or completely replace it? Many a times, my OS stops responding. Is it because of this problem in my hard disk drive or any other cause? Please help.

A:Hard Disk Drive Failure Warning

Blackbriar wrote:.... , it says, SMART Hard Disk Test failed.Hi, The problem: HDD is failing. Please backup your data if you could before too late and check your pockets. You need new HDD any time: next hour, tomorrow, next week ... Regards.

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I just noticed the patch on the samsung site for the HD103SJ when used with SB850 chipset.

Does anyone know what problems occur that will tell me that I need the update?


A:Samsung HD103SJ

Have a look here, they are discussing the problem.

ASUSTeK Computer Inc.-Forum- Samsung Spinpoint F3 issue

A Guy

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I got this message when I started my computer this afternoon:
the screen was black and the text said:

Smart Failure predicted on hard disk.
Quantum Fireball EL10.2A
Warning: Immediately backup all data and replace hard disk. A failure may be imminent. Press F1 to continue.

The only thing I have done differently, is that IMMEDIATELY prior to this I downloaded and used a program called Handy Backup, which I got from I backed up all my documents and various other files, then I shut the computer off and left for about an hour. When I restarted, I got that message.

I then restarted the computer and got the message again. Clicking F1 DOES get it started into Windows. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you. Vikki
Windows 98
Hewlett Packard Pavilion 6370Z (3.5 years old)

A:warning says Smart Failure predicted on hard disk

Hmmm- at 3.5yrs old, hard drive could be getting full for one's the free space?
Hard drives, and most other things, do just suddenly quit my 20 year old son, but that's understandable...
There is usually a diagnositic program, free, very easy to do, available at the support site of your hard drive. You generally load their download tool onto a bootable floppy, they give you directions to do this, and follow the tests the hard drive thoroughly, and it passes or fails. The warranty period for some is 3 years....darn! Some companies will send you refurbished, tested drive in exchange for ones that test have to register at the drive companies site, and some will send you a drive before you have to take yours out and send it back...they give you 30 days to send one back (you pay the freight one way) That is for Maxtor Corp. drives, and probably some other top brands....but, the warranty period is up unless you have a drive that came with extended warranty...check the label down on the drive itself- and, it is usually hidden...have to shut things all down, take drive out carefully, to see the label side- perhaps yours is visible, ((but your neck may never be the same again)) The date of manufacture is written on the lable, compare this to what drive's website says about warranty for your make and model of hard driive..If by chance you are still covered, you usually have to fill out a form for an RMA number to u... Read more

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i dunno which one to buy:


A:whiche harddrive is better? SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB or WD Caviar WD1001FALS?

umm anyone?

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My company's computer needs to be patitioned and reformat. The system is still working well. I mean, nothing wrong with anything (weird huh?). Ok the hard disk just need to be 'split'. I mean, make drive C & D on the hard disk. I know how to do that... easy... Then the HD need to be formatted & reinstall windows XP. Ok, easy too..

But the main problem occured before I do anything (partition & format). I have my own bootable CD that I usually use for partitioning & formatting.

Ok, i insert the CD & restart.
I went to BIOS & changed the boot order (1st boot: CD-ROM, 2nd: HDD-0 & 3rd: Floppy). Then restart again.
Ok the bootable CD is excellently loaded.
I typed fdisk, then came the first problem. it says something like 'no fixed disk'. I exit fdisk.
Then I typed format c:, 2nd problem occured. it says something like, 'invalid drive'.
I forgot the error message because the pc is in my office right now. I'm currently at home 'begging for help' So the error message is not accurate. sorry..

I think, if I run the CD, the hard disk will not be loaded (or should I say, hard disk failure). & If I take off the CD & restart again, change the BIOS (1st boot: HDD-0) then windows will load! Weird right?

I don't think my CD is 'corrupted' nor broken because I tried to run the CD from another PC. Yes, I can access the C drive from that PC.

Does anyone have any idea of the ... Read more

A:Can't format hard-disk nor do partition when using boot disk. Hard-disk failure

It sounds like it might be the bootable CD you've created is not picking up the HDD's/partitions.
To eliminate this as a posibility travel to bootdisk and grab the WinME bootdisk and boot from there. If it picks up the HDD you can FDISK and Format from there.
The other option is to boot using the XP CD and let it handle the formatting/partitioning duties...


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Windows XP sp2 wont boot from hard disk.

After much to do turns out my computer doesnt recognise the hard disk.

I have a seagate 500Gb SATA hard drive, its about a year old, the computer doesnt get hot in the slightest and it shouldnt be dead. I checked the wiring, as far as i can see, its all fine.

only conclusion i come to is that my hard disk is kaput which it shouldnt be. Can anyone give me any other possible solutions to try out before i cry and/or spend money on a new one? theres a lot of data on it i dont want to lose.

If not, ill plug it in to another computer to check, i havent done that yet because it will take me hours - i can only unscrew the hard drive from one side without rearranging the room.


A:Hard disk boot failure -> computer won't recognise hard disk

Is your Seagate the 7200.11 series?

We've been seeing a lot of harddrive issues layely that has nothing to do with the drive itself but bad SATA cables aas the cause. Do you have another one you can switch out?

When you say the computer doesn't recognize it we're talking the BIOS here, correct?

Another suggestion is what you have already suggested but I would "slave" it in antother system and see if you can access it that way.

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Hi all

I have a samsung 500 Gbyte external hard drive. Today i couldnt acces it. the message is the following.
"The volume does not contain a recognized file system. please make sure that all the required file system drivers and that the volume is not corrupted. (1005)

Anytime i go to my computer and click on wants me to format the hard drive. It also says local disc G instead of samsung G.

I ve seen recommendation with ,,incahce,, or something that should work. But i have no idea how to do that. i would need a step by step description how to do that.

Thank you so much in advance

A:samsung external hard drive failure with vista

Hi and Welcome to TSF!

Is there anything on the Hard Drive? Have you already formated it to NTFS? Is it connected using a USB?

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hi there,below is the error message I received - with hard disk test -- What does this mean? Testing Drive: 1SMART Check: FAILEDFAILURE ID: 9C06TT-5B762N-9XL02K-60BV03 

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A:SMART hard disk failure FAILURE ID: 9C06TT-5B762N-9XL02K-60B...

Hi, The drive on the link below is an example of one that would be fine for your notebook. 500Gb Hard Drive The procedure to replace the Hard Drive starts on Page 43 of your Maintenance & Service Guide. Once done, simply use your Recovery DVDs to reinstall the Operating System on the new drive. If you don't have your Recovery Discs, you can order a replacement set using the link below. If you have any problem with this link, order them directly from HP. If you live in the US, contact HP Here. If you are in another part of the world, start Here.?Regards, DP-K

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I'm new at this so have some Patience with a old man!
my daughter has a gateway MT3707 vista home premium 32 bit. SP1 message was the hard drive was failing. i backup the files on a USB external hard drive, now i can't restore them, i guess i mess that up.. it was still under warranty so BB store replaced the hard drive. I still have the old hard drive, it was still working just got the message on start up.
!. is it possible to put the old hard drive back in and backup the file,Itunes,and pictures?
2.will this cause any problems when i re install the new hard drive?
3.we are both on a wireless internet I have XP and she has the vista,could these files be shared?

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Yesterday, I started to get troubles with my laptop, an Acer Aspire 1650 with Samsung HM100JC HDD. First, I was getting the "blue screen of death" quite a few times and today everytime I've been starting my laptop, I got the message "Warning, SMART has detected that a hard drive failure may be imminent. Please back up your data immediately. Hit F1 to continue.".

So obvioulsy I did a back up and now I'm trying to do a diagnostic of my hard drive by using Samsung Drive Diagnostic Utility that I found on their website :

But they only explain how to do it with a bootable floppy disk and I don't have a drive for floppy disks, only a CD/DVD drive. So I downloaded the .iso that they give but I don't know how to use it. I burnt that iso on a disc and try to reboot the laptop with the CD inside but it doesn't launch it and if I try to open the iso when a windows session is opened, it doesn't work.

So my first question is : how do I do a diagnostic of my HDD without a floppy disc?
Also, is it difficult to replace a HDD in a laptop? Or do I need to get a professional to do it?

Thanks in advance.


A:SMART hard drive failure warning

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Had some problems with my lap top freezing and then going to a blue screen error message.  Told me that I did not have a hard drive or an operating system.  Usually just turning off and resting made everything OK.  Now I get the error message that my hard drive has failed the SMART test and is in danger of crashing -- I have backed up everything but now what do I need to do?

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A:Warning of hard drive failure from SMART test

The SMART imminent failure for Hard drive is an indication that your Hard drive is on verge of failure or might fail anytime depending on usage.  Run HP Diagnostics for HDD and provide failure code of Hard drive test to HP Technical Support so that its replaced for you free of cost within warranty period of your notebook.  Kindly check the instructions over here in order to run the test for your hard drive

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Hi, I have a laptop with windows 7 installed on it. I recently got an error saying that there has been a hard drive failure or error and it says that I should back up all of my work. (I just installed the os and there is literally nothing on it. But the laptop seems to work fine, turns on fine, loads and saves at normal speeds too. I just keep on getting this error.

Can anyone help me?

A:Solved: Hard Disc Failure warning, still works though.

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Hi i have a 74 Gb western digital hard drive with C: and D: drives (i partitioned them)
the D: drive has all my gaming applications on it and the C: drive has all the files for windows/and other crap like firefox, etc.

I was once reformatting to XP from Vista and in the middle of reformat my computer shut down causing a major problem. the answer was my graphics card died... now i have an EVGA 256Mb 8600GT with DX10. I brought the drive to my neighbors house and he can use it just fine, it boots and everything... but... the problem is that when i bring it to my house, and i insert the drive it goes to the Nvidia Boot Agent and after a while displays HARD DISK BOOT FAILURE INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER. My current BIOS Boot order is Floppy, CD, and then Hard Disk. I don't know why it wont boot, but the copy of XP has been verified and it works great on my friends computer... why won't it start on mine?
Please help me !

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hi sir,im vijay..
im usin 2tb segate new hard disk my system i cant able to boot my os and also my hard disk ...its showin that hard disk boot failure insert system disk press enter ...i restarted many times its sayin the same my gigabite mobo bios my hard disk is not get detected sir....the problem is that wen im installin the new os for 2nd time its all went nice only sir but at the completion of the os it wil ask for the user name and password but in my system its frozen sir fully of black screen and i cant able to do anythin so i restarted my system from that im gettin this error as hard disk boot failure insert system disk press enter.....that my new hard disk and all of my data is in that hard disk only..this problem arises wen im installing the os for 2nd time sir...till now its showin the same error sir...

plz help so confused..

A:hard disk boot failure insert system disk press enter

Repair MBR:

Boot From the Windows Install Disc
The first thing you?ll need to do is boot off the install disc, and then click through until you see the ?Repair your computer? link in the lower left-hand corner.
You?ll need to choose the correct installation of Windows and then click the Next button.
And then you?ll get to the System Recovery Options screen, where you can get to the Command Prompt.

Repairing the Master Boot Record:

If you want to restore the master boot record, you can simply type in the following command:

bootrec /fixmbr

You can also write a new boot sector onto the system partition with this command (which is often more useful):

bootrec /fixboot

And of course, if you just use bootrec /? you?ll be able to see all the options.

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when starting my computer, and no boot disk is inserted, i get the error message:"HARD DISK BOOT FAILURE INSERT SYSTEM DISK PRESS ENTER" when a boot disk is inserted, windows xp starts up if no button is pressed after a boot disk is inserted. I cant work out how to boot from hard disk immediately, and it is set as primary boot device. ANY help would be greatly appreciated!!!

A:Hard Disk Boot Failure Insert System Disk Press Enter

Just go into the Bios and (For my motherbaord) in Advanced BIOS Features, set primary, seconday etc boot devices as you like.

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April 2015 I received a "Failure Imminent" warning about my Hard Drive.  I bought a new blank one and was going to replace it, but the warning went away and I ran SMART tests and they said Hard Drive was fine.   One year later...... April 2016, I received a "Failure Imminent" warning about my Hard Drive.  I ran SMART tests = they said the same.    I cleaned up the drive and deleted programs, installed Hard Drive Sentinel.   Disk "Performance" was 100%  "Health" 0%.   Five Days later, FOR NO APPARENT REASON, the Hard Drive  "Performance 100%"  and   "Health was 100%"   NO FAILURE IMMINENT WARNING!!!NO FAILURE IMMINENT WARNING!!! Hard Drive Sentinel statistics were Excellent at 100% for six days then I got the "Failure Imminent" warning again. "Failure Predicted--Attribute: 7 Seek Error Rate, Rate of positioning errors of the read/write heads.  Indicate problems with servo, head.  High Temperatures can also cause this problem.  (Temp was 36 degrees Celsius)  Replace Hard Drive Immediately." My question is:       Since it did this a year ago and recovered by itself and lasted a full year before giving the same warning, in the same month, and then recovered for several days and then gave the same warning again, =  Is there something I can do to fix the "servo, head?"   or  reduce the temperature?    or do I have to just re... Read more

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Yesterday while watching movie on my PC it appeared as black on the screen and stopped working. After restarting the PC it was not responding as the BIOS was unable to recognize the hard disk. It creates an unusual sound while BIOS searches drives.

1. I tried by bootting the PC using another hard disk but this HD does not appear in the windows.
2. I also tried to boot using Ubuntu live CD but failed to find my HD on it.

As it is not recognized by BIOS, I cann't use data recovery software to recover the data. I'm badly in need of all data in it.

Please someone help me in this regard to recover the data.

Model: HD252HJ
Capacity : 250 GB
Interface : Serial ATA 3.0 Gbps
Buffer memory : 16MB

A:My Samsung Hard Disk is not being recognized by BIOS

Try the freezer trick. Place your hard drive in zip lock freezer bag to protect it from moisture and freeze it overnight (or a few hours at least). Quickly hook up the frozen hard drive and try to boot from it. If it works, be prepared to copy your important data as soon as possible before the hard drive warms up too much. This is not a permanent fix but it may work long enough to save your data.

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I formatted my hard drive today and after a reboot I got the message: "Hard Disk Boot Failure Insert System Disk And Press Enter" If I insert my Vista disk, hit f8 at startup and go to boot screen, click on boot from CD, then bypass the boot from CD option it will start Vista. I have checked my boot sequence and it shows booting from the right drive. My hard drives are SATA. Im stumped fellas......

Asus M2N-SLI Deluxe Motherboard
Two Hard drives but the second just for backup (not in RAID)

This is what my system information tool says on the hard drives:

Type Vendor Model Size Interface Temperature
Direct Access Device HDS72258 0VLSA80 SCSI Disk Device 82 GBytes IDE RAID
Direct Access Device Western Digital WDC WD16 00AAJS-60PSA SCSI Disk Device 160 GBytes IDE RAID
Direct Access Device SanDisk SanDisk U3 Cruzer Micro USB Device 1019 MBytes USB USB
DVD TSSTcorp SanDisk U3 Cruzer Micro USB Device USBSTOR RAID

A:Hard Disk Boot Failure Insert System Disk


Changed my partition to active and re-booted, gave me this: "BOOTMGR missing"

Tried to repair with CD and the operating system was showing up on D:, dont know if this is usual but thought it show show C:

Went to Cromt in repair option and tried to rebuild bootmgr with this command:
"bootrec/rebuildbcd" restarted computer............BOOTMGR missing

Was then able to boot from second hard drive (D from boot screen.......finally gave up and formatted fine now.

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Hi there!. I was wandering if anyone could help me out. I am running XP pro and although i recently updated with SP2 the PC appeared to be ok. Now when i try to boot up i get DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER. If i put my operating disk in it loads the various files and proceeds to windows setup if i chose to set up windows XP now ie re -install the whole system it goes to the licence agreement then to the windows xp professional setup offering options either to set up windows on the selected item or create a partition or delete the partition . Most imporantly in the box below it states 57240 mb disk o at Id on bus 0 on atapi and underneath <setup cannot access this disk> which is worrying. In the bios it appears to be able to detect the fact that there is a hard disk drive available. If i do press enter at this stage a darker blue screen appears stating that a problem has been detected and that windown has shut down to prevent damage. It then goes on to suggest things that are not possible ie boot into safe mode ofr update or disable drivers it gives the following technical information which for me as a beginner is as much use as a wooden eye. It say ***STOP: 0XOOOOOOO8e (OXCOOOOOO5,OXF99C6CFD, OXF95 A5800, 0X00000000)
*** Setupdd.sys- adrress F999C6FD base at f999d000, datestamp 3d6dd67f
whatever that means
If there is anyone who can help i would appreciate it. I assume the hard drive is ok and the connections are too.

A:Disk boot failure and the missing hard disk

Moved to Windows. This is not a business applications issue. Good luck!

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I was playing EVE, and an error popped up saying that I should backup my data and replace my hard disk, yet I hear no signs of hard disk failure, and the disk management says that the disk is healthy. MegaDan5 thinks I might have a virus. Should I still make a backup just in case, though?
I forget the exact words of the message, but here's a paraphrased transcript:
"Hard disk failure imminent. Backup your data and replace the hard disk"

A:Hard disk failure error, yet disk is healthy

Can you post a screenshot?

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The Background :
I built my new P4(3GHz) System in Dec 04. I used the same old 80Gb HDD

I got KTs in Second Yr Engineering which resulted in, me facing my Dad's
real bad temper. The worst thing was that he spent all his anger on my
beautiful System.

Now all I'm left with is a broken cabinet, Cracked MB, non-working FX5700
Ultra, a P3(700mhz) system and a hurt soul.

The Problem :
Apparantly the HDD survived all that (although the plastic around the bus
attachment area was a little broken)

It was working fine. But now after taking a 4 weeks gap to cool things down
WinXp just showed the Partitions for about a Min and it showed no more.
The Bios & XP Device manager shows the HDD, U can feel it working, but it
doesn't display the Partitions.

Please anyone help me! All my VB, Java, C, Photoshop & Flash Projects are
still in it.

Thank You

A:Samsung 80GB Hard Disk's weird Problem

first, move it to another box w/o all the trama, then run some diags to verify
the sanity of the media.

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The 32-gigabyte (GB) NAND flash-based solid state disk (SSD) can upload and download data quickly and quietly as it uses instantly-accessible static NAND flash memory instead of the rotating discs found in hard drives.

SSD weighs only half as much as a hard drive, reads data three times faster and writes data 1,5 times quicker, it said.

It consumes a mere five percent of the electricity needed to power a hard disk drive and operates silently as it requires no motor or any other noise-making parts.

A:Samsung develops drive to replace hard disk

Awesome. Solid-state memory needs to replace ferromagnetic plates of glass. Methinks this step in technology is long overdue.

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I am having a 650GB Samsung Hard Disk. Once I was transferring files from the hard disk to my PC and lights went out. Now when I connect my hard disk it is not being detected though it shows up in the Disk Management menu. I have tried formatting the HDD but it shows time remaining as 300 hours so I had to stop it midway. Is any other solution available for it...??? Please help...!!!

A:Samsung 650GB External Hard Disk Not Being Detected

If you feel confident enough, Open it up and remove the hard drive from inside the enclosure and fit it directly in to your pc.

This will help determine if the hard drive or enclosure is to blame.

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I suspect that my 640 GB hard disk (from 2008) is nearing the end of its life and would like to plan for a replacement.There does not appear to be much if any chance to replace such a SCSI disk any more.What is the best type of disk to replace it, and does it need a new controller?I run Vista (original OS) and Windows 7 (new) in a dual boot configuration.It has currently three volumes, a Vista C: drive (c.300 GB), a Windows 7 C: drive (c.300 GB) and the HP "FACTORY_IMAGE" drive 15 GB

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Hello, I hope this question has not been answered, because I could not find a definitive answer on whether an upgrade from the normal SATA hard disk, on my HP Envy 17 k241no, to a PCIe hard disk, such as the Samsung 950 PRO Series PCIe NVMe - M.2 Internal SSD, would be possible? The main reason why I cannot figure this out is that I cannot find any details in the guides provided for this model, that states whether it has PCIe  or not. I hope some of you can help me figure this out. Regards,Frederik 

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May I get an interpretation, please?

I am running HD Tune on my external drive. The health report show that I have 26 damaged sectors. That seems low, yet still unwelcome.
It's a remarkable old Seagate Free Agent - a refurbished replacement as part of my original warranty almost seven years ago.
When I ran Sea Tools, it didn't detect this drive. I had a few opposing results w/chkdsk, but a deeper diagnostic was necessary.
All I really know is other than Event Viewer showing vague HD (1,2, or 3) errors, whatever is happening isn't all good.
I've had a helluva time with backups, attempted drive and data recoveries, restoring system images, certain files, etc.

It may turn out that I am installing corrupted Win 10 OS, but meanwhile, I need to salvage the data I continue to create.
I don't want to misinterpret my experiences.
Could MS downloads cause as much damage as I know I've had?

With this scan, I have been warned.
How much care do I have to take until I must stop using this drive? What problems can it cause? Can/could I avoid them? I guess there's no way to direct backed up data to work around the bad sectors or do I just hope that something vital doesn't end up landing there? This isn't a a "smart" drive, I assume. (This is why people try to isolate the sectors, if possible.)

I am still running tests, but this is the only negative report, I think. I don't understand most of the results, but nothing else has jumped out.

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A:Hard Disk Warning - Reallocated Bad Sectors.

Hi there

"When in Doubt -- Chuck it Out " !!

Data is usually far more valuable than the hardware -- for 60 USD as you say you can get a nice brand new 1TB drive -- no brainer IMO.
Backup what you want first and also take a system image. Use Free Macrium or whatever -- use IMAGE rather than clone HDD as you don't want to copy the damaged sectors via a sector by sector copy !!.

HDD's even large ones are CHEAP --imagine re-ripping 7,000 CD's or having to re-create a music library --to say nothing of movies, photos, documents etc.

I don't believe also for a minute that nobody Owns music any more --streams like spotify etc might be convenient at times but I think a lot always prefer their own music - especially for portable devices or even your own media servers.


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I did my best to make a title that can be searched with commonality so as to make it a much more usefull thread for others in the future.

I have a computer that has 2 hard drives,and i am saving to get 4 more.When i do i will sell used these 2 because they are temporary to get to the 4 hard drive types i want.
My problem is i have been searching the net for some type of program that will monitor drives contantly to advance detect failure and i cant seem to find a good one.
After 3 days of searching and testing i have decided to bring my question here since this is the best tech help site i can find on the internet and therefore i come here for the best advice.
My Question is this,
What is the best hard drive monitor and early failure detection program that exists that will monitor 2 raided drives and one drive for the main operating system with a 700 gig drive for data storage?"

I can either find ones that will monitor multiple drives or ones that run contantly and give good advance failure detection but most wont monitor constantly,multiple drives and quite a few just have really cruddy options as well.
I want a really good,effective constant monitoring and advance failure detection program that will work on all my drives.I want one that will use advance detection on my raided 36 gig raptors and it will work on my 120 gig main operating system raptor.As well as monitoring my 700 gig data storage drive.There has to be a good one that exists but its probably little kn... Read more

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Hello friends, I got a problem down here hope you guys will help me..

Just couple of minutes ago while I'm surfing the internet I got this message informing me that I must back up my data and should replace the hard disk. I was unable to capture the screen at the very moment but here's the final window I got. I don't know whether this is fake warning or a real one. please help me out guys. what should I do.? thank you..!

A:replace or repair your hard disk warning

Quote: Originally Posted by sudheera

Hello friends, I got a problem down here hope you guys will help me..

Just couple of minutes ago while I'm surfing the internet I got this message informing me that I must back up my data and should replace the hard disk. I was unable to capture the screen at the very moment but here's the final window I got. I don't know whether this is fake warning or a real one. please help me out guys. what should I do.? thank you..!

To determine if it is fake or not, download malwarebytes and run it.

I suspect it is not fake (but run malware just to be sure) and you should back up your data then run a check disk to TRY and repair it.


Run CHKDSK /R /F from an elevated (Run as administrator) Command Prompt.

Do this for each hard drive on your system.

When it tells you it can't do it right now - and asks you if you'd like to do it at the next reboot - answer Y (for Yes) and press Enter.

Then reboot and let the test run.

It may take a while for it to run, but keep an occasional eye on it to see if it generates any errors.

See "CHKDSK LogFile" below in order to check the results of the test.

B- Elevated Command Prompt:

Go to Start and type in "cmd.exe" (without the quotes)

At the top of the Search Box, right click on Cmd.exe and select "Run as administrator"


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Hi all
Yesterday and today I'm constantly getting warnings from windows, that it detected a problem and suggested to backup my hard drive.
I currecntly have 2 drives. the c:/ is where windows resides (60gb ssd drive).

The second one is an older (3 years old) from my old computer where my programs reside. It is this latter one D:/ (500gb seagate barracuda) where windows is telling me to backup.

I just installed another WD 500GB black (also about 3 years old) so I could backup the D: drive.

The computer is running fine. Is windows accurate in being able to find hard disk problems before they become an issue?
I'm afraid that if I take out the drive and send it back to seagate they might not find anything wrong with it.
Is there a way to test and fix it with software? if so what are your suggestions.
Thanks so much!

A:windows warning hard disk problem

1. follow the suggestion and backup everything that's on the disk

2. run a chkdsk /r in cmd

3. Then there are a lot of programs like this one that you can also run

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For the last couple of days I've been getting repeat messages that my C:\ drive is failing and that I should back it up and take my computer to a repair shop and get it diagnosed and fixed.

When I try to run the backup programme it fails as it cannot create an image on an NTFS formatted drive, well they all are so what am I to do?

A:Windows 7 warning me hard disk is failing

So I just ran a proprietory Registry Booster programme (Uniblue 2010) and it's telling me I have a high level of registry errors that it can fix for only £19.95 or £29.95 if I want a bundle of stuff.

Link (OK???) -

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Hi dear forum goers!

Today I ran into a problem with my SHuttle XPC system. It does NOT load the OS anymore. I don't know if it's an OS or HDD problem...
I turned it off last night, no problems (moreso than usual) and when I went to turn it on this morning, this message came up:

"Warning: the boot devices have been changed. BBS Boot priority will be affected. Please enter setup to check".

So i entered setup and found that my CD-rom drive had been made Primary boot device and that my Maxtor drive had been made slave. So i changed the primary boot device to Hard disk but I could not make my Maxtor drive become Master. Should I?

SO after I saved and exited, it at least went into loading. But then normally when it loads this white bar at the bottom of the black screen and then goes into the XP (home, SP2) loading screen, it just stops and sits there. Maybe forever, who knows.

So I went and tried to load it in Safe mode with networking but that prompted the following black screen FULL of text:


And then a whole LIST of drivers like:


....and a whole page I didn't catch....

What does this mean?? DO i just need a new hard drive (drive's about 1.5 years old, Maxtor 120 Gb i think) or is the OS ready to be reinstalled (again?)

Thank you very much!!!

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A:Hard disk failure? OS failure??!

I would try first to repair, if it doesn't work, reinstall, if it doesn't work then replace the drive

Thats a weird thing to happen out of nowhere

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i just follow the instruction from replace or repair your hard disk warning but its seem that sudheera did not post back. so here the copy one.

Did i need to format my pc or change the hardisk?

Log Name: Application
Source: Microsoft-Windows-Wininit
Date: 2/2/2014 7:02:56 PM
Event ID: 1001
Task Category: None
Level: Information
Keywords: Classic
User: N/A
Computer: AzrilHafifi-PC
Checking file system on C:
The type of the file system is NTFS.

A disk check has been scheduled.
Windows will now check the disk.

CHKDSK is verifying files (stage 1 of 5)...
138752 file records processed.

File verification completed.
357 large file records processed.

0 bad file records processed.

2 EA records processed.

60 reparse records processed.

CHKDSK is verifying indexes (stage 2 of 5)...
188778 index entries processed.

Index verification completed.
0 unindexed files scanned.

0 unindexed files recovered.

CHKDSK is verifying security descriptors (stage 3 of 5)...
138752 file SDs/SIDs processed.

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A:My PC shows replace or repair your hard disk warning

I don't see anything wrong. What are you concerned about?

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Operating system is Windows 8 supposed to be a new computer...bought it from local computer shop. Asus 64 bit...4 GB... I tried to check for updates and it "could not search for updates" error code 800703F1 ..." and shortly thereafter I got the warning "windows detects a hard disk problem. The disk it lists failing in details is HGST HTS545050A7E680 Volume: C:\

A:New computer? Windows Warning Hard disk is failing..

Please download and install Speccy to provide us with information about your computer.  When  FileHippo opens, click on Download latest version in the upper right pane.
When Speccy opens you will see a screen similar to the one below.

Click on File which is outlined in red in the screen above, and then click on Publish Snapshot.
The following screen will appear, click on Yes.

The following screen will appear, click on Copy to Clipboard.

In your next post right click inside the Reply to Topic box, then click on Paste.  This will load a link to the Speccy log.

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Hi Everyone,

I'm hoping to get some help. I had a power outage while my WD Elements 1.5 TB Hard drive was on. I wasn't accessing it but apparently that was enough.

I had a lot of important data on it but losing hope after unsuccessful attempts to use PhotoRec to get items off it.

It doesn't show as accessible in MyComputer but is detected. I've included what it shows under the "Manage" view of the drive.

I've also tried MiniTool Partition but it doesn't seem to be able to fix the partition. I've also tried Partition Bad Disk and it just shows the whole 1.5 TB drive as one bad block. It won't let me fix it either.

Does anyone have any other bits of advice? I'm at a loss as what to do. It seems the data is not recoverable. I can't figure out how to get it to show or even how to use it again.

Please see attachments.

I'm grateful for any ideas/help please. Thank you.

A:External Hard Drive failure. "Bad disk" after power failure

Hello dime5150. Welcome to the forum

In PW, did you try "Rebuild MBR"?

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My mums computer has the google redirect virus which i am trying to clear but nothing i have found on the internet works.
There always seems to be an iexplore.exe in the task manager - even when not on the internet, and when I kill it , it comes back shortly after.
I have tried to download tdsskiller but it wont run (even if i rename it and try and run it from a flash drive).
I tried running Malwarebytes but it hasnt found any issues.
As far as I can tell AVG and Windows firewall are enabled.

Please can someone help!

I have attached dds.scr logs and ark.txt

A:Googel redirect, + 5 critical hard disk errors warning + others

Hello and welcome to the forums!My secret agent name on the forums is SweetTech (you can call me ST for short), it's a pleasure to meet you. I am very sorry for the delay in responding, but as you can see we are at the moment being flooded with logs which, when paired with the never-ending shortage of helpers, resulted in the delayed responding to your thread.I would be glad to take a look at your log and help you with solving any malware problems.If you have since resolved the issues you were originally experiencing, or have received help elsewhere, please inform me so that this topic can be closed. If you have not, please adhere to the guidelines below and then follow instructions as outlined further below:Logs from malware removal programs (OTL is one of them) can take some time to analyze. I need you to be patient while I analyze any logs you post. Please remember, I am a volunteer, and I do have a life outside of these forums.
Please make sure to carefully read any instruction that I give you. Attention to detail is important! Since I cannot see or directly interact with your computer I am dependent on you to "be my eyes" and provide as much information as you can regarding the current state of your computer.
If you're not sure, or if something unexpected happens, do NOT continue! Stop and ask!
In Windows Vista and Windows 7, all tools need to be started by right clicking and selecting Run as Administrator&#... Read more

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There seems to be a problem with my hard drive, it has a high number of reallocated sectors and im not sure why, as its a brand new hard disk.

Does anyone know what i can do about this or why its happening?

Heres what the problem is about:
"Count of reallocated sectors. When the hard drive finds a read/write/verification error, it marks this sector as "reallocated" and transfers data to a special reserved area (spare area)."


A:Hard disk warning - high reallocated sectors count!

I'd suggest backing up any data on that drive and then taking it back, if it's under warranty.

The magnetic surface of a HDD is never perfect. Neither are the actuators and head mechanisms. Over time, things get worse and the ability of a HDD to faithfully regurgitate information stored at any given location will be reduced. In other words, you write the sequence 1234567890 in one particular place, and when you read back from the same place you get 123X5AA89T.

When the HDD internally detects such an "unreliable" point on its surface, it tries to remap to an alternate location so that the suspect sectors are not used again. When that starts happening more and more frequently, it's usually a good indicator of impending outright failure.

The warning you've quoted sounds like a SMART error status. It shouldn't be happening on a brand new drive. If it was mine, I'd take it back and ask for a refund or replacement.

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Hi I got a big problem with my harddisk. It is so screwed up !! This didn't happen to me last week but this week it's failing like crazy. When I turn on the computer, the hard disk has a oozzing sound repeatedly for like 10 seconds, then it goes to windows, and after I enter my password and stuff, the oozing sound occurs again, and goes to the desktop. When I want to go to a folder or open a problem such as IE, the disk wiould do the same sound a few times (as if it's checking for something) and then open the application half way, do it a few more times, then open the whole application. During access, the same problem occurs for alot of times!! What's wrong?? All the connections inside the computer are ok and I didn't change any thing on the hard disk! Help!!


A:Hard Disk Failure!!!

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Hello all,

Yesterday, my pc worked fine. Today, when I start my computer, the dell loading screen comes up. The bar reaches full, stays like that for like 10 seconds, then takes me to a blank screen. There I get the message SATA primary disk drive 0 failure. Press F1 to continue or F2 to go to setup utility.

Pressing F1 gives no bootable device, F2 just takes me to bios settings.
I am having windows 7 enterprise. I have had this issue before, in the past 6 months, it has happened like 6 to 7 times, usually I just took the hard disk cable out and plugged it back in, it worked everytime. This time it doesn't. In the morning, when i started the pc for the very first time, the windows loaded in a peculiar way and took me to windows repair , there i got the message that windows was trying to recover hard disk data (or something like that) and that it may take over an hour. I let it do what it wanted to do, for like half an hour i waited, still the same message appeared, so I cancelled it, it said the current operation cannot be cancelled. After that i just stopped the power and restarted pc. This time, it just gave the drive 0 failure thing, didnt take me to recover screen. And it has been like that since then.

I have checked the cables they are plugged right. The bios sees my hard disk, there are 2 of them. For the SATA drive 0, it does not show capacity, it says unknown which I think is weird. The capacity for the other drive it shows alright.

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A:Hard Disk Failure

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My computer no longer boots up to the C drive. I ran the powermax diagnostic with the following results:
Bios Extension Support failed
Partition Information Read fail
Smart Enable Function Failed
Power connection, Master/slave jumpers, and interface cable passed the powermax installation confirmation test. I ran the powermax basic quick test and then the advanced test once. Now even those two tests won't run anymore.
I tried to run fdisk/mbr, but the system cannot find the hard disk. What puzzles me is that when powermax diagnostics scanned for the drive, it found "via 596 primary master Maxtor N40P" .
The drive seemed to be working fine before I opened an attachment to an email. After the system froze I rebooted and had trouble with error messages (don't remember all of them). I tried to reinstall Windows XP but it cannot find the hard drive. I can boot to the A drive and to the CD drive. I tried to go from the A drive to the C drive, but it cannot find the C drive.
Can anybody help me to solve the problem?
Is all my data lost?
Any help would be greatly appreciated

A:hard disk failure?

Try posting in the correct forum, and you might get some more attention


:wave:Welcome to TechSpot:wave:

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Hi All, I am using HP dv2500 entertainment pc since 2007,when I switch it on yesterday,it was not booting up.When I ran Harddisk self check I got failure message.I tried to make new partition,but the HD is not detecting.Does it mean the my HD is gone???Do we have any option to recover the data?Product:  hp pavilion dv2500 and model is GS610EA#ABV. Can somebody advise hw to recover my data?

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Am having hard disk failure. Non of my app is working. Am Scared of loosing my important document.Failure I'd: GLGFX3-6LU86F-QFPJW1-61QS03Product I'd: C4Z00EA#BH5Hard disk drive capacity; 500GBHard disk 1

A:hard disk failure

Hi,Sadly to say: Most of the time the 24 char failure id indicates the HDD is failing and need to be replaced. Is it still under warranry ? If Yes, please call HP for a replacement.In the US: HP technical support: 800-474-6836. If you live outside the US/Canada Region please click the link below to get the support number for your region. Can you access to it now ? Otherwise you can try to use a HDD enclosure and with a bit of luck, you can recover data from a different computer.    Regards.

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I have a Win98SE box that includes a 40GB Maxtor drive I use as storage for video files. A few months ago, all the files I had in a particular folder disappeared. I thought I had a virus or something, so I ran virus scan and thought I had it fixed. Then a couple days ago, I went to play a file and it was missing. I decided I better back up my data by copying it to a larger HD I bought recently. I started doing that and it said that it couldn't copy certain files. I tried to run Scandisk for bad sectors, and it made the computer lock up and crash. When I restarted the comp, the version of Scandisk that runs after a crash ran just fine. So I tried a thorough Scandisk to look for bad sectors and the comp froze up again. I also tried running the DOS version, and that told me it couldn't read the FAT32 file system.

As this pt, I figured I better copy as much stuff as possible. I kept having problems w/ certain files that wouldn't copy, but I managed to copy about 1/2 of the drive before I had to quit for the night. When I went back to work on it some more today, I couldn't get the computer to even recognize the drive. When the computer boots up, the drive clicks a lot and whirs. I also tried booting into DOS, different IDE cables, tapping the drive, etc. Nothing worked.

There's nothing especially important on the drive, but I would like to recover what I can. I've heard that dropping from about 6" up might either get it to work briefly or destr... Read more

A:hard disk failure, what can I try?

I would say that dropping it would be a definite last resort (as in dropping it in the ash bin!). You could try sealing it in a ziplock bag and putting it in the freezer for a couple hours and then giving it a try. Some people claim to hae success with this. I have never tried it personally though. Back-ups are a way of life here. If you do try the freezer trick do it quickly because if it does work you may only get the one shot at recovering data. The Clicks you describe are most times referred to as the clickof death when it coms to hard drives.

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Can someone please help me.... I keep getting this message
windows detected a hard disk problem
back up your files immediatly to prevent informaation loss, and then contact the computer manufacturer to determine if you need to repair or replace the disk

name:STS9160821AS ATA
HP pavillion dv6000
windows vista home premium 32

A:Hard disk failure

Do you have backups of your important data?I suggest download and run the free trial of HDDControl: program is a time limited but not feature limited trial, and is simple to use. It will show a report of the SMART (Self Monitoring and Reporting Technology) status of the drive. By the sound of it, the drives SMART status will show it is experiencing significant errors, and is likely to fail before too long. If so, it would be best to replace it while it still works, so the current system installation can be cloned across to a new drive.

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Failure ID: U0FE6J-1J287V-QFPJW1-60VU03Product ID: C9J17UT#ABAWhats going on?

A:Hard disk failure?

Sounds like the hard drive has failed and will need to be replaced. If you are  in warranty HP will send a replacement. If not a retail laptop SATA hard drive can be used.

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today when I turned on my computer,
my external hard disk was recognized as unknown and when oped sayed this message (bellow)
how do I recover this with 'mini tool partition wizard'

A:Hard Disk failure

Quote: Originally Posted by bhattkishan9

today when I turned on my computer,
my external hard disk was recognized as unknown and when oped sayed this message (bellow)
how do I recover this with 'mini tool partition wizard'

Attachment 287354

Hi bhattkishan9,

It is getting listed as your Network drive and not removable drive. Do you have any Network drives that are setup on the system.

Check this harddrive on a different USB port and if possible then on a different system to isolate the issue.

If you can access the harddrive under command prompt then backup the data and then format the harddrive to check if it works correctly.

Keep us posted with the results so we can advise you further.

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My friend's pc is able to boot until a stage, where only background exists, nothing else. The system hang at that point. No desktop, no taskbar, no recycle bin... Only a plain background.

What possibilities that might cause this problem? I have checked his hardwares, which are working fine for proc,RAM,mobo, and gc. But when i swap his hdd to my pc, it failed to boot.

When i put his hdd as my slave hdd, I'm able to see and backup the files inside his hdd.

So, can anyone explain further about this scenario? Thanks you

A:Hard Disk Failure

Well, considering you could access the files on your computer, the HDD is probably find.
Using the HDD on your computer wouldn't work.
What might of happened, is a/some operating system files has become crupt.
Was it just a case of switching it off one day, then the next day, you switch it on, and it doesn't work?
If you back up all his files, and then re-install windows, it may work.

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I'm new here and hope I'm in the right spot. I have a Fujitsu MPG3204AT, 20 GB. Win ME was getting rather unstable, so I ran scanreg /restore. The pc boot-up was fine but came up hard disk failure. Power and cables fine. Went into bios where pri was listed as none. Entered manually with no results, and the same on auto. I have power to the conn., but can't hear the hd motor or feel much vibration. Pretty smooth hd, right? Any ideas? Thanks for the help.

A:Hard Disk Failure

Put the drive in another computer or at least on the secondary IDE controller to be sure.

If BIOS can't autodetect it and the cables/power/jumpers are OK, then it's pretty clear your drive has gone to HD heaven.

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I think I opened a file with a virus which asked me to update Adobe but I had clicked on an email link so I knew it was wrong. Everytime I tried to close the Adobe window it re-opened. I was in the middle of doing something so I did not want to re-start immediately. In frustration, and after numerous click of "cancel" I accidentally clicked "continue" instead. Nothing seemed to happen until I toggled to the desktop and realised half the shortcuts were missing. I re-started and was then faced with Windows Vista Recovery Window. It has tried to fix the errors but five remain:
Read time of hard disk clusters less than 500 ms
34% of HDD is unreadable
Bad sectors on hard drive or damaged file allocation table
Boot sector of the hard drive disk is damaged
Hard drive doesn't respond to system commands

I am assuming this is a genuine windows scan, although I cannot close the Recovery window. It is asking me to pay £54 for "advanced module" - but in light of what has happended I do not know whether this is genuine!
I am running Malwarebytes Anti-malware now but it is extremely slow.

All programs are missing from the Start menu and most folders appear empty (documents, pictures, music) but I can see that Malwarebytes is scanning through them.


A:Hard disk failure

Sounds like malware, moving post to Am I Infected forum where qualified persons will assist you .


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So a friend of mine asked me to take a look at her laptop. Its an HP, running windows 7.

The laptop was sitting on the table when someone dropped a book down on to the table. The resulting shock caused the screen to go black.

Since then, any attempts to boot are stopped on the "starting windows" screen. I ran BIOS and it told me that the "Hard disk short DST" had failed.

However, I took the hard drive out and plugged it into an older laptop and it booted up without issue.

Needless to say I am at a loss on this one.

Any suggestions?

UPDATE: if I let it go eventually it brings me to the welcome screen. Then it goes black with just the cursor. I can pull up the task manager. Its showing all of the processes for that user, but none of the actual system processes

A:Hard Disk Failure.

I would imagine that the disk connector has shaken loose or broken.
Try another disk in there temporarily, but boot from a USB or CD with Linux, or the likes of The UBCD and test the disk. That will at least help to tie down the problem.

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My PC had been running smoothly for months until I woke up yesterday. I had left my PC on overnight and during that time it seems the hard drive suffered from a mechanical failure. The drive is not being detected in the BIOS, but on boot it does sound like it's trying to spin up, but then it stops, and tries again. When I called Western Digital they said it might be a problem with the drive not receiving stable/sufficient power. I've tried the drive in another computer, only to receive the same results. It's not making any loud clicking sounds; it sounds like the drive is trying to spin up after coming off standby, but turns off again and repeats every 2-3 seconds. Hopefully there is some solution to this problem so that I might at least get my data off the drive.

Drive Model: Western Digital Raptor 160GB

A:Hard Disk Failure

Methinks you're SOL. If the drive never comes ready (fully up to speed), there's not a lot you can do to access the data on it. You can send it off and spend big $$ for data recovery, but you're not going to be able to do much with it yourself. How much is your data worth to you?

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hello all.,\
i'm a pc user...recently i face a new problem that occured on my hard disk.
I don't confirm whether that is the problem with the hard disk or not.
This happen when i boot up my pc after a long time, the booting time is very very slow untill i can eat, bath and sleep. But i can boot my pc very quickly when my hd got store only 5GB of data.
When the used area attempt 10GB, i can feel that my PC running very slow.
I even cannot format it with a windows ME boot disk, defrag and scan it.
It happend since i bought a new motherboard, maybe it is related with the problem.

Thanks if somebody can give me a clue.

A:hard disk failure

Try takeing all the jumpers off the drive except for cable select and see if the bios will recognize the drive. Also, a bios update may help, but should be viewed as one of the last resorts.

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When I checked Hard Disk on HP Basic Diagnostics, my laptop showed me:Smart Check: FAILEDFAILURE ID: PLMV48-676861-XD7X1F-60BC03PRODUCT ID: B4P92PA#UUFHard Disk1I thinked my HP might be fail the hardware, right?And what should I do with my HP?

A:Failure ID on Hard Disk 1

This error indicates that hard disk #1 is failing or has failed. The drive needs to be replaced to solve this issue. After the hard drive has been replaced, use the HP Recovery Media that you created when you first setup the computer to return the computer to a factory like state. If you didn't create this media, the media may be available for purchase from HP Customer Support for a nomimal fee. This method may only be valid in the US and Canada. Contact customer support in you region to see if you can request the media. If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to ask. Please click the White KUDOS "Thumbs Up" to show your appreciation

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Hello. I have windows 7 ultimate and linux ubuntu installed on my laptop. Last week i started to have slowing problems in windows, like it took 10 or 20 minutes to load, and sometimes when i clicked on some files from the second partitin(i have 2 partitions for windows, one for system and the other for the rest of files, and 1 partition for ubuntu), the computer would freeze, without any memory or processor used, it just stuck in place, for 5-10 minutes. Then, i scanned C: using chkdsk /r command and it showed some problems with .bitmap which were fixed. I thought everything was ok, but it wasn't so. Same problems remained. Then, i waited untill wekeend to do a scan to D: as well (D: is a 677 GB partition with around 450 GB used). After 14 hours, from which around 10 hours it stayed in stage 4 out of 5(files scan) in which many bad clusters were detected and replaced, it was finally finished. Then, i ran a reboot, but surprise: i got the following messages:
error: hd0 out of disk
grub resque


error: no such partition or error: out of disk or error:unknown filesystem, or a disk read error occured, press ctr+alt+del to restart.

Then, since it was night, I went to sleep, and after 10 hours i reopened my laptop and found surprisingly GRUB to be working fine, but when i entered windows, it took around 30 minutes to load everything, and whenever i clicked on any element, it would block for another 5-10 minutes. Meanwhile, if i entered linux, everything would work fine, until... Read more

A:Possible hard disk failure?

Ironically, I am just finishing up a very similar 1-week experience with nearly identical symptoms... except I have a pure Win7 situation. Same story about 20 minutes to boot, obvious lengthy periods of system error recovery trying to read or write to the failing hard drive, etc.

After discovering the CHKDSK anomalies, and the apparent inability to permanently correct the problems (errors kept returning), and the increasingly worsening performance problems (like yours, with long periods of time with nothing happening) I concluded that my 4-year old WD 150GB 10Krpm 16MB cache Velociraptor hard drive was finally failing. It actually had about 17,000 hours of usage recorded over the 4 years, but it seemed to be approaching its "end of life".

So on Wednesday I quickly ordered a replacement (latest WD 250GB 10Krpm 64MB cache Velociraptor), which arrived on Friday. Using backup "system images" of the three partitions on the failing drive, I created those same three partitions on the new drive.

And, thankfully, sure enough it seemed that all of the last week's I/O-error recovery symptoms had completely disappeared! Windows startup and shutdown was now faster than I've ever seen, everything seemed to be completely corrected.

Needless to say I was proud of my ability to diagnose the symptoms and my decision to quickly replace the obviously dying drive.

Anyway, last night I put the machine (home-built desktop PC, Supermicro C2SBX board, Intel E6800, 4GB) in... Read more

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Hi, everyone. I got this message when booting up my computer: "Couldn't open boot partition to check for signature." or something like that. Is this a boot sector virus or just a corrupted hard disk? And if it is a virus, can I still save the disk with anti-virus utilities? Thanks.

A:Hard disk failure

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I have an urgent problem and would appreciate any advice on this.

Running XP on a Dell Inspiron 8500 Notebook. It crashed during normal operation.

Original error:

STOP: 0x0000ED (0x8A48E30, 0xC0000006, 0x000000)

Reboot in safe mode didn't work. It said "Unmountable boot volume"

Later: "Unknown hard error C000021a"

After another boot: "0x000000F4"

"following file is missing or corrupt \windows\system32\config\system"

Reboot in Debug mode allowed the computer to progress well past the "Welcome" screen and I was able to see the icons on my desktop. But, the crash occurred again.

After reading up a bit on the web, I booted from an XP CD, went to the recovery console, used the "R" option. Didn't help. Then tried
fixboot, bootcfg, and even fixmbr as the last option. After doing this,
when i try to boot, nothing happens and there is just a blank screen.

Removing the disk from the laptop and attaching it as a slave to another computer (using appropriate cable) didn't recognize the drive at all.

More importantly, by booting off of my CD, I can still see the following:

partition 1 = FAT
partition 2 = Unknown 28569 MB
Unpartitioned space = 8 MB

28616 MB Disk0 at id0 on bin0 on ATAPI

I have tried to call some "Data Recovery" companies, but was dissatisfied with the type of response I got. Didn't sound like these guys knew a great deal. It is just my gut feeling and I could be ... Read more

A:Hard disk failure - HELP

The System file is a Windows registry file, unique to each system. I have had a similar problem before, , this is the link to the thread I started, it may be helpful. In order to recover your data try using a Linux live cd and an external hard drive.

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Komputer wysy?a do mnie komunikat o b??dzie dysku twardego.ID b??du: OGAM64-690895-XD7X1F-609S03 Jakim sposobem mo?na uratowa?/naprawi? dysk ?Czy po takim komunikacie b??du dysk twardy nalezy wymieni? ? Obecny dysk to TOSHIBA 2,5cala/1TB/Serial SATAII/5400 RPM. Jaki ewentualnie do wymiany dysk by?by zalcany ? Inne komunikaty z diagnostyki systemu:Hard Disk SMART Check: Failed Hard Disk Test: Failed Processor Check: PASSED Start-up: Failed Memory Test: PASSED Dzi?kuje za wszelkie wskazówki.

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I just turned my pc on as usual, and suddenly is shown an error message indicating that I have to do a backup of my hard drive and run a hard drive test from boot.  I followed the steps and the hard drive test shows the following info:  Testing Drive:1SMART Check: Failed Failure ID: 9LM48C-5LC84A-XD014J-608V03Product ID: LM754LA#ABM Hard disk 1 Hard Disk Test: FAILED What can I do?

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Hi, The 24 character error code is a failure of the short Disk Self Test ( DST ) and would indicate that the Hard Drive is failing and needs to be replaced. If your notebook is still under warranty, contact HP and arrange to have the drive replaced - If needed, you can check your warranty status Here. If you live in the US, contact HP Here.

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Recently I've been experiencing loss of data, with a lot of text missing from a few Word documents.After wrecking my brain tryinf to figure out what the problem might be, today I ran a system diagnostic from the BIOS, and it turned out that my hard disk failed all over the line. It failed the short DST check, the long DST check, and the Optimized DST check.Obviously I'm going to replace the had disk as soon as I can, but does anybody know whether the missing text can be recovered?

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Let me know the step by step procedure of window xp software reinstallation.
with regards
maung ko

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Hello and Welcome to TSF!!!

You could just google that and you will find thousands of pages about explaining how to install operating system...

Here is one link:

Windows XP Step-by-Step

Hope this will help you mate...

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Hey guys so I have an external 500gb WD drive, which i stupidly left plugged into the computer when i upgraded from 7077 to 7100. Now, when i plug it in, the computer detects the drive, but is incapable of accessing it. It also prompts me to format the drive before it can be used.

I have a lifetime of data in there and I really wish I do not have to do a reformat to get it back. Anyone can shed some light?

A:Hard disk failure. Help!

You likely left the factory exFat partition on it where you need to get the auto run file going to bring up the installer agiain since you are running a new installation of 7 there. One fast way for getting rid of that type of problem you can perform later once all files are backed up is simply reformatting it to NTFS.

With the serial number inhand go to the support site and download the zip for that model. You may need to see that unpacked to the drive by simply plugging it into an XP machine where the auto run and access to the drive will be seen. On the other machine you can then unpack the files onto the drive to replace the installer.

Which model do you have there? I went with the 500gb MyBook Essential and ran into a problem like that but had a ubuntu live cd plus dual boot of XP with Vista to see that corrected. While booted live with the distro the unpacked files can then be copied directly to the drive. Once plugged in after Windows is loaded the auto run will then see the installer appear afterwards.

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When I start my system I get the message WDC WD3200AAJS-65VWAD 12.01B02 Hard disk failure is iminent, backup and replace.
I have an another hard disk of the same model and want to know if I can tranfer all my data on to it along with the operating system.

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Hello toopay,
You need to clone the drive, the sooner, the better.

EaseUs Disk Copy




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This is a doosie (for me, anyway)

I have a Dell OmniPlex P133 with a WD 6GB working hard disk with Windows 98 installed.

On bootup, it gives me this:

Hard disk controller 0 Failure:
Press F1 to continue or F2 for setup.

F1 gets me a disk boot failure.

Dell BIOS programs are really wierd. It does not have a hard drive autodetect program, but is does about 40 options for different hard drives, none of which come close to what I have. I tried to manually set the hard drive specifications, but this hard drive has roughly 13,000 cylinders, and the area only has space for 4 digits. The size is automatically determined by the computer according the how many cylinders the drive has.

I also have no idea how to get the Landing Zone Sector for my hard drive.

Any ideas?

[Edited by alpha159 on 08-16-2001 at 11:52 PM]


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Got failure ID of 9BxTT9-5GU5PK-XD7Q3A-60Qv03 On product ID XH021UA#ABA  on Hard Disk 1 after clicked on a link that sent me to a shady website which started a fake virus scan program.  I immediately shut down my computer, then it won't restart.  Let me guess, complete hard drive failure and I need a new one?

A:Failure ID on Hard Disk 1

The failure ID is generated through HP Diagnostics available on the notebook. It indicates that your HDD is failing or has failed already. Your only option is to replace hard drive on the Notebook and use below link to order recovery disks for your Notebook.

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Windows 7 64bit has popped up saying it has detected a HDD problem, I need to back up my files immediately. I installed a new 2TB HDD (Samsung HD204UI) a couple of months ago, surely it shouldn't be failing already? This is my secondery disk. Is this by any chance a malware or virsus playing tricks on me?

Please help?

A:New Hard Disk Failure

Devices can fail at any time, although its not normal for one to fail that fast.

Is the error message actually for your secondary drive? or is it referring to your primary drive?

Run chkdsk on the secondary drive and see if anything shows up.

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i just made two partitions on my hard drive, i have windows 98 and windows xp in both of them. I also have a secondary hard drive with a bunch of my stuff. I just installed the both partitions like 2 weeks ago. Yesterday as i left it downloading photoshop all night, i guess it messed up or something. I restared only to see "secondary disk fail" in the screen where it detects your drives. I disconnected the drive and connected it again. I restarted again and didnt see the message so i started in windows 98, and it wouldnt find it either. In windows XP i look for it in the hardware section of the properties of my computer, and it found it under hard disks. But it wont access it. Now i cant get all the stuff on my secondary drive. Does anyone know how this could of happend? Why? How it could be fixed? I really need the stuff thats in there.

Thank you

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ok Ill try running Checkdisk on Windows XP.
Neither of the Os's find the drive, but on XP i look under Device Manager and it is still there. I connected it correctly and the power supply is right too. It also finds it in bios, but it just cant access it i guess. Hopefully Checkdisk works.

How Do i run Chkdsk on a drive it cant find?

Edit: My windows 98 partition is FAT32 and my winxp is NTFS, and my secondary drive is FAT16. Is that BAD?

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Hello, I purchased my computer in february fo this year. Everything was fine until around October.One morning i turned my computer on and i saw ST2400820AS: HARD DISK failure imminent back up your hard drive and have it replaced. Since all of the software was installed when i purchased the computer i could only back up personal files.

Each time i turned on my computer i have to press F2 to get it to boot. One day i attached a camera to the USB of the computer. I accidentally pull it out without properly disconnecting the camera from the computer. I left the computer running for a while and when I came back I saw the blue screen Driver_ IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL. After that I cound not get my computer to boot at all. At the time I was using Vista ULTIMATE.

I went on got a new operating system, which i am currently using ( home Premium). After trying for a long while I was able to installed it. However, I'm still having the same problems. I still have to press F2 to boot my computer. It take a longer time to boot and when ever I try to open a window it takes forever to open up. It also freezes then go back to the blue screen. Then shut down and restarts and then go to PXE-MOF: Exiting NVIDIA BOOT AGENT: DISK BOOT FAILURE, insert SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER. I put the disk in and then re-installed the operating system. Unfortunately, nothing changed it continues to run slowly and keep freezing.

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Hi donuyute and welcome to the Vista Forums

With this PC being under one year old and having experienced all these problems I would investigate the possibilities of getting the unit repaired or replaced under warranty.

Also your supplier should have provided some means of re-installing your original Ultimate OS and not require you to replace the OS as you did.

This could be in the form of Disks or a repair partition on the drive.

You could go to the HDD manufacturer's website and check if they have a test program for the disk which may be run from a cd to check the actual status of the HDD as the symptoms suggest that the messages you received first of all were from the SMART disk monitor.

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Hard disk diagnostics fail with error code GU077V-6R7899-MFGJXG-60SV03.  What is the remediation/repair for this?

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Dear Customer,  Whenever the Hard Disk Short DST test fails that indicates that the Hard Disk Drive has failed and that requires a replacement to resolve the issue This issue could be due to Application or driver conflicts, virus issues, file corruptions due to incompatible applications, improper shutdowns, update failures due to conflicts, sudden power surges, if notebook is dropped etc.. HP will provide a replacement Hard Disk Drive if the Notebook warranty is Active, If not you need buy a SATA Hard Disk Drive from a retail shop nearby Please make sure you are getting at least equal capacity as the original one in order to use Recovery Disks. If you need you can buy a larger, but not smaller capacity Hard Disk Drive. For example if you have a 500GB Hard Disk Drive you can upgrade it to 750GB Hard Disk Drive but not 320GB Hard Disk Drive Please try the below shown troubleshooting steps once:Step 01. Remove the battery and unplug the AC/Power AdapterStep 02. Press and hold the Power button for more than 30 SecondsStep 03. Plug in the AC/Power Adapter (leave the Battery out for now)Step 04. Press the Power button and check if the Unit works normal If the above mentioned steps does not help, then you can try reseating the Hard Drive on your Notebook If the issue persists again please Contact HP if your HP Notebook is under warranty, HP would replace the Hard Disk Drive and provide you a Recovery media to restore factory ope... Read more

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HiTrying to help niece recover her notebook (she spilt liquid on it !)On booting - message reads :-Boot device not foundPlease install an operating sytem on your hard diskHard disk (3FO)F2 System diagnostics. Windows not loading but can get into the Bios.Memory check is OKHard Disk test returns : Smart Check Not installed, Short DST not installed.Have tried the power off routine + removed the Harddrive - cleaned the circuit board on the HD gently with meths - thoroughly dried  and re-inserted - still the same problem.I'm guessing the hard drive is U/S and needs replacing.Questions:1. How can I be sure it's just the HD ?2. What model of SATA drive am I looking for + size3. If HD is U/S how does the BIOS know what the O/S is ?4. If I managed to load the O/S from the DVD drive and it works OK is it safe to assume that all I need to do is replace the HD ? I'm guessing it was Win 8.1 64bit as opposed to 32 bit - her mother (divorced)  is unable to locate a recovery diskThanks in advanceLes

A:Hard disk failure

If you would be good enough to provide the model number or product number we can provide a step by step manual or video.  Very hard to be sure it is just the hard drive and the only way to know is to put one in and see if it is recognized or pull the old one out and test it by putting in another notebook or hooking to usb adapter. If the old drive is fine and not registering on the laptop you will know that the liquid spill caused motherboard damage. Is the hard drive spinning up at all..i.e can you hear it when you turn on the power or see activity light? In what country are you located? You need a 2.5 inch SATA hard drive 7mm or 9.5 mm thick and they are readily available on or you can go to Best Buy or Frys and pick one up.  Laptops have not had recovery disks shipped with them for years. There was a recovery partition on the hard drive and when you first fire up the laptop out of the box it prompts you to make recovery disks but almost nobody does it and manages to keep them where they can be found years later. If she did not upgrade to Windows 10 then you need an 8.1 disk and yes it is almost surely 64 bit. We can confirm if you provide model number. If she had upgraded to Windows 10 you can simply download a recovery disk from Microsoft. HP likely has the 8.1 recovery disks for a nominal charge. Post back with any more questions. 

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Hi guys,

I just want to ask, is my hard disk damaged?

Here's what happened, first it cannot load BCD, so i try to rebuild it, but nothings happen, next is I reformat may hdd, yes, win 7 installed fluently, but after I restart it won't continue on loading the windows, and restart the system automatically, after that it boot on repair, and it detects sector error on hard disk, then I let system repair to do it, after that it restart the system and boot again to system repair, and it was a loop...I already re installed by OS thrice.

Any one please help....

A:Hard disk possible failure

What is the make and model of your hard drive? You should visit the manufacturer's website and download their utilities and do a scan for problems.

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At startup, I get a message that hard disk failure is emminent.  I ran diagnostics and received the folliwng Failure ID: 9BVWXV-7J488N-MFPV7A-60CN03 The Product ID of the notebook is:  J9M35UA#ABAThe Serial # is: 5CD451333M I don't think it is still under warranty, but need to know if I just need to replace the HDD.


JHARTGRO Hello;Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums!Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but that error message means that your hard drive has failed.It will need to be replaced.Once you have the replacement drive, you will need to use something known as HP Recovery Media to restore your PC to working condition. This is a set of DVDs and a CD, or USB stick, that will erase the hard drive (removing all data, settings, and applications, reinstall the original OS, drivers, and some HP Utilities. In some cases, you may be able to order a USB stick instead of disks. You have to order these from HP; they can not be downloaded.You can look online for Recovery Media starting with the linked paged: there, input your Product name or number. On your Software and Drivers Download page, select your Operating System and and Version. Click "Update". If HP Recovery Media is available for your machine, down near the bottom of the page, you will see an entry for Order Recovery Media-CD/DVD/USB. Click the "+" symbol to expand that entry and click on Order Media for details.Or, if you prefer, you can do the same by contacting HP Customer Service:If you live in the US or Canada, contact information is on this page: you live elsewhere, contact information is on this page: After you get through, stay on the line until you are fi... Read more

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I just tried rebooting my laptop a while ago and it started to make a reasonably loud clicking sound and is giving me an error saying
PXE-E61 Media Test Failure, check cable
PXE-M0F: Exiting PXE ROM

I checked in the BIOS that the hard disk is higher in the Boot order. It doesn;'t seem to be finding the hard disk to boot from. Have I lost my hard disk for good ???

Thanks in advance,

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The clicking sound is typically a seek error on a failed or failing hard drive.

If you can, take it somewhere where they can try and backup any files you may need and get the drive replaced.

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My desktop with product id F3E94AAR#ABA has been given me an error message" HARD DISK FAILURE" WITH FAILURE ID ;U0F20M-7Q5845-9VUEMG-60DX03  THIS HAPPEN WHEN I WANT TO START IT ITS JUST 4 MONTH PLEASE KINDLY ASSIST 

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Hallo Pamzy, This failure ID:  U0F20M-7Q5845-9VUEMG-60DX03 This failure ID is a HDD error 301More details.Hard Disk 1 SMART Hard Drive Detects Imminent FailureSince it's only 4 month old I would recommend you to contact the HP support in your country 

ZincasI am an HP notebook technician.Please click ?Accept as Solution ? on the post that solves your issue to help others find the solution.Click the Thumbs Up on the left to say ?Thanks? for helping!

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I am all of a sudden receiving and message that says this "failure predicted on hard disk 0. Warning immediately back up your data and replace your hard disk drive. A failure may be imminent"

My laptop is a toshiba, I am running windows ME, have all the virus protections installed. This just started as I was surfing. I removed any new downloads but it is still happening. My computer is only 2 yeaars old I don't think my hard disk should be fried.

Is it toast or could it be something else??



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Hi All!

I have a SONY VAIO and recently I managed to drop my laptop and I think I damaged my hard disk.

Now when I try to log on, my computer screen gets to the Starting Windows screen, but no logo and then automatically restarts. It will not start in Safe Mode in any of the three options (just kind of sits in the loading windows files screen and then restarts.)

Trying to start from last good configuration does not work.

Right now, I've obtained a windows 7 professional installation disk, and I can boot from disk up until the screen where it says install windows? I choose "repair my computer" on that screen and the window disappears, leaving me with the standard windows 7 blue screen in the background and my cursor.

I just really want to move my files to a different hard drive. Is it impossible without sending it to an expensive data recovery place?

Any help is appreciated.

Thank you!

A:Hard Disk Failure Help

Boot into BIOS setup to see if the HD is detected anywhere: SATA or IDE storage drives, Boot Priority order, etc. If not then google how to replace your HD or disassemble your laptop to see how to access it, or read the Manual on the PC model's Support Downloads webpage for this information. Try reinstalling the HD to see if it can make better contact and be detected. If not you'll need to replace it.

Whether data can be recovered depends on how badly damaged it is. It may only be unable to be seated in the laptop's port contacts correctly. You can try a SATA cable plugged into a PC tower SATA port to see if that can read the data. If you don't have one then I'd take the drive into the Geek Squad and ask them if they can read it at all. Call ahead and ask an agent when he'd have time to do this for you. They usually are helpful and shouldn't charge you just to test it for read/write. But if it reads and writes then They'll want to charge you a bunch, in which case I'd then find an adpater cable to plug it into a SATA port on a tower which sometimes works better than a USB adapter to get your data easily.

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hai friends, i am new in you, i have a samsung 80gb sata hard disk, it is damaged by the over voltage, then i take it for the warranty, they said the data from this hdd cannot recover by any method, i have some most important files in it, so what i do? can i recover files from that hdd? please help me, iam so upset, please..

A:hard disk failure

Your only option if the hard drive wont spin is to tale it to a professional data recovery company as they may have some success.....but it is a fairly pricey service.

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Hey all hope someone can help!!!!!!!!!

I boot comp get a message "smart hard disk detects imminent failure"

Press F1 to ignor........hit F1 boots fine....cant find scan disk to run surface...OS- windows 2000 with norton anti...all anyone know how to fix???????

A:hard disk failure

Go to My Computer, right click the drive you want and select properties. There should be a tab for scandisk or it's 2000 equivelent.

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Dear HP, I own a HP ENVY 14-2014ee Beats Edition Notebook PC. I bought it in the year 2011. My Hard disk stopped working i guess. Because when i turn on the system, i can see a white hyphen mark on the top left of a black screen and it stays like that forever. But, I can hear the hard disk spinning. So i removed the hard disk and i connected it to another PC to check if the problem is with the hard disk. and the hard disk was not responding at all. Clearly, the hard disk needs replacement. And i do not know where to go for this or how much they would charge me. Its a 750MB HDD. Kindly provide me some directions. I live at Umm Al Quwain, UAE. And can you also tell me approximately how much amount i would be charged. A fast response would be appreciated. Thank You. Regards,Greeny

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Hey guys, My name is Matthew N. Moreira. You can call me matt. I heard of you guys from my gaming friend DrmWarrior. He said that ou guys could help me with my Hard Disk Failure problem.

When I turn on my PC it says 'Hard Disk Failure is imminent. Please back up your hard disk and have it replaced!' I am not a very techy guy but I try to fix all my computer problems on my own or with the help of friends or family..

I have a Sea Gate hard disk enternal and its model number is ST3360320AS however I can not get Seagate tools to read the Serial Number.. The seagate support told me that I should see the serial number from the device itself on my pc.. But I don't know where to look. He gave me a warranty validation form to fill out but I need that serial number..

I'm thinking I might just back up my hard disk and replace it because I heard that I can get a good hard drive with 500 gig for arround $40.00 - $75.00.

I realy need help because I need my computer for school/ my GED courses online - and Gaming..

Thanks, Matt

A:I'm having Hard Disk Failure

Hello Matt,

Open up your computer and usually down the bottom you should see your hard disk bays. Remove that hard disk (sometimes clips, screws, each computer is different) and the hard disk should pull out. Note, you may have to pull off the two cables first. Turn your hard disk over and look for a big label (usually white and on the bottom for Seagate) and there should be your serial number written on it. Note, if the label is not visible, then you may have to remove the plastic/metal casing around the hard disk. This IS NOT opening the hard disk, just removing the plastic that secures it to the hard disk bay. If you have trouble, just ask and to see what your label should look like, see here: SerialNumberLocator


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Ok first off I want to say I've searched and searched and searched to no avail in trying to find a solution to this I've come to the conclusion it's software and not hardware based. Let me start from the top.

I've had an older computer (HP Pavilion a408x) out of commission for a while due to a 'sploded psu. I finally get around to ordering one, install it and everything is good. I bring it back to my office and hook it up to the internet and as expected there's updates. So I up date it and after the updates are installed the computer restarts automatically (weird yes) and as it's coming back on it detects errors and runs CHKDSK. So I let it run and it gets to part 2 of 3. At this point in time my partner is really needing to print sometime and all computers print through this computer. So after about 45 minutes CHKDSK is still on part 2 at only 15%. So I'm like "screw it" and manually shut down and restart. It's at this point I get a "primary master hard disk failure" at the boot screen. Letting start up continue I get a "Stop : c000021 unknown hard error \systemroot \system 32 \ntdll.dll" At this point I realize something is delectably wrong.

Found this thread, which didn't help much. At some point the c000021 error stops and I start getting "disk boot failure insert system disk and press enter" and I found this thread, which didn't help much either. I have also been searching other sites as well.

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A:Hard Drive not found "disk boot failure insert system disk and press enter"

Anything would be super helpful, even if it's bad news. I just need to know if I can get this remedied or not.

Another thing I noticed is that the HDD activity light on the front of the computer does not blink or show any activity.


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Hello all,

newbie here, someone can help me out :). My desktop sudden won't turn on then I replace the power supply and power is back on however i see this message when screen boot up.

"Hard-disk drive failure
Diskette driver 0 seek failure"

press f1 to continue and f2 to enter SETUP. If i press F1 go back to the message above.

Dell Inspiron 530s desktop, window xp

many thanks

A:Hard-disk drive failure and diskette drive 0 seek failure

If you've verified that all devices are plugged in to power and the correct cable (ie floppy cable for floppy and ide/sata for HD), then it's possible that the power supply failing could have damaged the circuitry on the drives.

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I have an old Dell Optiplex Gs 5120L running Win95 that has recently stopped working and I wonder if anyone can help me out.

On power-up, the memory test completes without errors but the following message then appears:

Hard disk controller 0 failure

Attaching the HDD to the other IDE port produces the message:

Hard disk controller 1 failure

The drive appears to have power and I am able to read it using another machine so I don't think the problem is with the disk drive itself.

Any suggestions?

A:Hard disk controller failure

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I got a new pc with no hdd so i took my old harddrive put it in my new one and its now says "disk boot failure insert system disk". can anybody help?

A:Hard disk boot failure

Hi and welcome to TSF

The new PC does not recognize the old HD operating system. The olde HD was set up for your old PC.

Need to reload the operating system.


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I have searched for this in the Forums and found a couple of references that are now closed.

I have Windows XP Home (with all the service packs) and a couple of weeks ago I was surfing the net (nothing out of the ordinary, just mainstream normal stuff) when I suddenly got loads of error messages going all down the page saying I had hard disk failure and I should start scanning to recover files. This scanning program popped up. At first I thought it was one of my own programs and I let it start scanning. When it was finished it said I had a trial version of the program and I would have have to pay for the license to get my files back. I tried to close down the PC but nothing happened. Even when I tried pushing the button on the PC to close it, nothing happend, so I just pulled the plug. When I re-started the PC, it booted up, but the error message started again and again I wasn't able to close the PC except by pulling the plug.
I started in Safe Mode and used System Restore back to the previous day. This time when I started up, there were no error messages, but I found a lot of my files appeared to be missing; notably my favorites and stuff I download to a folder on my desktop. My son told me to 'Show hidden files and folders' and they should all still be there, as it was probably all part of the scam to make me beIieve had lost a lot of files, thus contributing to the myth of a hardware failure. Sure enough they were all there, although 'Hidden' I r... Read more

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I'm working on a friend's PC trying to get the hard disk back up and running. A little bit of history:

First error : Floppy Diskette seek Failure - no floppy drive configured on the PC
Second error: BSOD with STOP 00000024

If I try to boot to SAFE mode it basically just loops back to reboot.

Attempted Vista Recovery booting to a CD but it does not show anything to recover.

I was able to boot the PC using Knoppix CD and retrieve the picture files that my friend wanted so bad, but I still don't know how to attempt to recover the hard disk (assuming that it is recoverable. I have had people mention the Ultimate Boot CD but I don't know how to use it and I'm afraid of running a test which may completely destroy the hard disk. Knowing that I was able to retrieve the files using Knoppix tells me that the data is still out there - it's a problem with starting up.

I attempted to hook drive up to 2 different PCs (1 Windows 7 and 1 Windows XP). The Windows 7 system said disk needed to be formatted before use, and the XP system said the drive was 'corrupt and unreadable.

This is a follow up to a previous post I had for this problem. Not sure if I should have opened this new post or continued in the older one (not sure if it was closed or not).

I'm not sure if this could be a virus infection of some sort messing up the boot or truly a hardware problem. If this needs to be moved to the appropriate forum, please do so.

A:Possible Hard Disk Failure or Virus ?

Sounds like a possible damaged hard drive. find out what brand hard drive it is and download and make a diagnostic CD from the manufacturer. (here are links to each manufacturer)Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools

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Hi guys its my first time here, and i'm sorry if i posted it on the wrong category or forums, but i really need help. i bought this Acer Laptop 5750 , I've been using it for 1 month now and last week i received this message "Windows Detected Hard Disk Problem" and what i did i just chainge my Internal Hard disk, and after 4 days my new hard disk is all having this message i need help, coz i cant buy another one and after one week it will display again this failure message. what should i do ? i try to install OS and its say "You cannot install on this disk it might fail soon"

A:Hard Disk Failure for the 2nd time

it will be under warranty

rma it/take it back to point of purchase

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My computer want read the hard disk because of a hard disk errorSmart hard disk error

A:smart hard disk failure

The hard disk likely needs to be replaced. Can we have the specific model number of the laptop?

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maybe a week or two ago every time i start my computer it showed a black screen and said Hard Disk Failure iminent and have me to back back the hard disk and remove it.
Just today i start my computer and press F2 to continue the blue screen came up and now i can't go to the desktop and can't event use safe mode. I'm using another computer to open this thread.
What should I do???

A:Hard Disk Failure imminent

I would imagine I'd have heeded the graphic warning message generated by S.M.A.R.T... and backed up all my files, then run Spinpoint on the drive, or simply replaced it...

There is an old trick of placing a dying hard drive into a deep freeze overnight, which can enable some recovery of data the next morning - but that really only works for what are essentially mechanical errors and your drive may have had different issues

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Today I turned on my computer and on the bios screen read this:
Maxtor SMT37S0330AS: Hard disk failure is imminent.
Please back up your hard drive and have it replaced!
Note: Not sure that 'SMT37S0330AS' is correct, I wrote it down real quick.

So then I go and see if I can back up my data, but when I try to navigate to some folders it says this error:
<folder path here> is not accessible.

The request could not be preformed because of an I/O device error.
Some folders are accessible, but when I try to copy the files in them, to another hard drive, I get this error:
An unexpected error is preventing the operation. Make a note of his error code, which might be useful if you get addition help to resolve this problem:

Error 0x8007045D: The request could not be preformed because of an I/O device error.
So then I go and check my permissions on that file and it says that I only have 'Read & execute' and 'Read' permissions, so I go and try to enable full control. When I check the 'Full Control' box and click 'OK' and then 'Apply' to apply it, it gives me this error:
Unable to save permission changes on
<file name here>

The request could not be preformed because of an I/O device error.
So I go and check if I am an Administrator, so I go and click manage other user accounts, on the user account page, and I see that I really am an Administrator...

So, in a nutshe... Read more

A:Hard disk failure imminent.

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Hi everyone,

Recently my computer started to smell funny, so i opened the case and the grpahics card had burnt and a bit of the motherboard. My computer wouldn't boot, so i replaced both of them with an 8800 GTX, Gigabyte ga-g33-ds2r (mATX). Good news was, my PC would boot and post, But the message Hard Disk Boot Failure Insert System Disk Press Enter came up. So, i checked everything in the BIOS (AHCI mdoe etc) and tried other settings to no avail, also the BIOS doesn't detect my HDD. So i tried connecting in different ports and different SATA cables. My OS was Vista 32bit premium, so i tried putting the CD in, but the Vista repair option doesnt see my HDD either.

Hope this i enough info.... Help please!!

P.S. HDD is definately working. But not being recognised.

Also is there a way to retrieve data from the HDD?


A:Hard Disk Boot failure... rather odd.

Are the power and ide cables secure in the back of the hard drive ? Does the drive make any sign of being on ? Is any of the wiring dameged ? For example wire over the fan is prone to being sliced. Is the power supply unit supplying power to the hard drive ? Can you try another hard drive ?

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Running WinXP with SP2 on a 150GB Maxtor hard disk NTFS partitioned into 5 Drives (C,D,E,F,G) of 30GB each.
I don't have system restore enabled but use Norton Ghost for backups.
Yesterday I did a Norton Ghost to back up C Drive and I set it to save the Ghost file to G Drive (as I normally do).
Half way through the procedure the Ghost backup aborted and restarted my computer. I then got boot failure and I tried repeatedly to get it to reboot from the hard disk but I thought that my whole hard disk had been trashed. I then pressed F8 to try and get the machine to boot in safe mode and happily it just booted normally from the hard disk.
After that everything seemed fine however when I click 'My Computer' there is a size and how much space left for C,D,E,F drives but G drive is blank. When I click 'Properties' on the G Drive I get zero capacity and zero space left.
Has this part of the disk been trashed? Can I recover the back up programs and other things that were stored on G Drive and if so how do I do this? If the G Drive is unrecoverable how do I bring it back into use - format?

A:Partial hard disk failure

First, why do you do a ghost to the same drive ? You do a ghost of a drive for insurance incase the drive fails. In your senario if the drive fails you have lost everything. HDs are so cheap I would recommend getting another HD the same size or larger and ghost your HD to the second HD , then store it in a safe place. I basically when i put down a fresh OS , I configure my email install a few critical progs and then clone to my DVD burner. I then just burn folders of data ( like family picture) at different intervals.
As far as the recovery, you may want to get one of Ontraks products, or any data recovery that does not need an OS to recover data.
Also when you clone an OS that you use a password, write down the password and put it with the clone. I loaded a clone at work for a borked desktop. I had gone through several password changes since i made the clone and could not remeber what that password was, i finally got in.

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