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Replacement of Imminent Failing Hard disk

Q: Replacement of Imminent Failing Hard disk

My laptop hp 15-n029sg was showing the imminent hard drive failure message. I have checked the hard drives through "Check Now" options. Every time I scan some problem is found and I fix it accordingly. But then again it shows some problems are found when scanned again. Is there any way I can find out where the problem is gone or not? Eventually I guess I have to replace the hard drive. Can anyone suggest the proper i.e compatable hard drive for my laptop?

A: Replacement of Imminent Failing Hard disk

Hi, The drive on the link below is an example of one that would be fine for your notebook. 1Tb Notebook Hard Drive. The procedure to replace the Hard Drive starts on Page 77 of your Maintenance & Service Guide. Once done, simply use your Recovery Media to reinstall the Operating System on the new drive - this procedure is detailed in the following HP document. If you don't have your Recovery Media, see if you can order a replacement set using the link below. Order HP Recovery Media. If you have any problem with this link, try ordering this 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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Yesterday evening I began running diagnostics on my computer because it was running slowly. I ran an option provided under my program menu which is titled PC tools. After 4 hours of testing (blue screen) which tested 5 items, my screen was then prompted to bios. It would not allow me to enter F1 for set up or F2 to continue. I made several attempts to re-start in safe mode, but my computer was frozen in bios. And stated hard disk imminent failure. Need to replace. Therefore, I turned my computer off for about 1/2 hour. Currently I am up and running, but am worried this will occur again at another horrible time. I run Windows XP Home Edition, I have a Compaq Presario AMD Processor 3500, with 1.79 GHz, 448mb of Ram.

I have since backed up my data onto my flash-drive, but with impending finals in 3 weeks I am very concerned......Any help would be greatly appreciated. Should I replace the hard drive, and if so any particular brand? Computer currently has samsung sp1604nr listed as its master drive. Or should I purchase a new pc tower? Also, the computer is only 13 months old, and is primarily used for work/school.

Please note, I am not a computer literate, but do know more than just the basic....Please us laymen's terms.

Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.

A:Hard Disk Imminent Failure

Test the hard drive. You can download a diagnostic tool from the manufacturer.

Since the problem went away, maybe you have overheating issues?

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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...

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A:Hard disk failure imminent.

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I was using my computer and all of a sudden it froze. It stayed like that and didn't do anything, but it was making some noises. It sounded like a clicking sound. I was hoping that it would come back to normal so that I could save what I was working on.

I turned the computer off. When I turned it back on, I got a black screen with a list of Pri master, 3rd master, usb mass storage devices and so on. At the bottom of the page, it says the model # of the hard drive with the following message:

"Hard disk failure is imminent.
Please back up your hard disk and have it replaced!

Press <F1> for Setup, <F2> to continue"

I would make a back up like it says, but I can't get it to boot up Windows (XP).

If I choose F2, it will say:

"reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key"

Is there anything that I can do to get it to boot up windows without losing any data and try to back it up?


A:Hard Disk Failure is Imminent - Problem

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Ok, here's the history of the problem.
I have 80GB Hard drive "Samsung sp0411c" and I am using it since two years with my old desktop system with this S.M.A.R.T error at the startup (BIOS).

I think there are some bad sectors involved at the last part of the HDD space. There were 4 partitions initially I.e. (C, D, E, & F). The problem started with partition F with following issues;

? Always took so long copying files into F
? System got stuck up when some file(s), folder(s) from F drive were opened and then automatic restart
? That time ran CHKDSK on F drive but in the middle of scanning it always restarted the PC automatically.
? Sometimes system restarted when I was copying some random data in the F partition.
? Whenever this restart thing happened, at the start up it displayed that there is no primary hard drive detected. Then eventually it came back live after 2-3 attempts (always).
? I also deleted the Partition F: and then recreated the partition but same problems persisted.

** Due to above issues I left the partition F as it was and used others like C,D & E but an year before the partition E started to do things same way F was doing and at that point F was not accessible with error popping (The disk is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?)

** I formatted the partition F and ran following HDD tools afterwards (Partition Table Doctor) (HDD Regenerator). Surface tests for C,D,E was fine but when it started s... Read more

A:HDD error "1720-SMART hard drive detects imminent failure attribute failed: #83" ... failing?

The fundamentals still apply:

for every partition ?X?
chkdsk ?X? /f /r​
The /R will remap bad sectors in an effort to avoid future I/o errors.

a} fix all partitions
b} get the SMART data and save it for reverence (it will not be reset to zero by chkdsk)
c} view the SMART data every day
d} look for increasing statistics

PLAN on getting a new HDD asap

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Model No- HP Pavilion Slimline s3760in Desktop PC. Refer to the link:

Computer came with pre-installed Vista Home Premium 32-bit and recently did clean installation of windows 7 professional 32-bit.

My PC was not in use for more than 3months and when i turned on i get message on screen

ST3320813AS: Hard disk failure is imminent.
Please backup your hard disk and have it replaced !
Press <F10> for Setup, <F2> to continue

If you enter setup and go to S.M.A.R.T check and when u scan for SMART Short Self Test and SMART Extended Self Test message displays

Test finished Failed.
SMART Self Test Status Value - 4 (Completed the test, but the failed element unknown)

Test finished Failed.
SMART Extended Self Test Status Value - 4 (Completed the test, but the failed element unknown)

Few days back i have installed AVG PC tuner 2012 and when i scan for Hard disk Health it showed some error in reading amd writing. i am not sure about it because cant remember exactly.

Scanned full hard disk for Error-checking the drive for errors and check "Automatically fix file system errors" and "Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors" but dint find any bad sectors and system errors.

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A:ST3320813AS: Hard disk failure is imminent problem in HP Pavilion Slimline s3760in Desktop PC

Your data is the first priority to concern. Please back up all your data from that old HD because it is going to die soon. It is better than you run all kinds of dat recovery tools before it is too late.

Aftet back up, you can try to fix it. But, you still do not have much confident to use it as a normal working HD. In last, replace it with another new HD.

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Hey there guys, about six months ago I started receiving an error every few days on my computer on boot, and it was something along the lines of: 'pxe-rom: Check cable connection!'. To fix it I just used my Windows 7 install CD and it was fine, until whenever it'd happen again. Now, just about three days ago an error popped up that said 'Windows has detected a hard disk problem'. The hard drive is a 640 GB Toshiba MK6465GSXN. Anyway, after getting that message I quickly backed up all of my important documents and stuff onto an external HDD. It was also very slow, slower than my computer had ever been. So, I decided to do a clean install since scans with Malwarebytes and AVG detected nothing. And then, once it finished, it popped up the error message again?! I have noticed that the slowness has gone, but I'm not installing any programs in case it does fail. I am wondering that maybe the 'check cable connection' error was telling me something, but I didn't think anything of it. So, does it sound like I need to get a new hard drive?
EDIT: I bought a new hard drive, fixed!

A:Windows has detected a hard disk problem. Hard drive failing?

In many cases, that is Windows way of saying your hard drive is in imminent danger of failing. Of course there could be other problems, but windows will usually detect it first. A tutorial that may help is simple to use, but may take a while. Disk Check I would also get the Manufacturer's hard drive diagnostic program to check the drive. You were wise to back up all of your personal information.

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My hard disk (C drive where the windows 7 is) is going to fail soon. It has some bad sectors and some corrupted parts and I encountered blue screen that says something about hardware failure. When my Acronis is doing backup, Acronis stopped half way because it cannot access some sectors to do the backup, it was fine previously.

I can still login to windows (depends on luck).

1. I want to change to a new hard disk, what is the best/fastest way to do it?

2. If I copy the whole disk to another new disk, would I encounter problems copying half way since there a

3. Will the data copied to new hard disk be incomplete since there are bad/corrupted sectors on my old hard disk?

4. My old hard disk is 1TB WD Black. What should I use for the new hard disk? Does it need to be same size and model?

Thanks a lot. Greatly appreciate your help.

(I do know how to change a hard disk and reinstall Windows 7 (Windows 7 updates took a long time) and install all programs again and setup again. That would take a few days so I am wondering if there is a faster way.)

A:Hard disk is failing, how to change to a new hard disk?

If you don`t have a complete backup image, then there`s nothing you can do about it. You`re gonna have to re install windows.

Get your data off before the drive dies.

Your new drive does not have to be the same size and model, you can get whatever you want.

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Hi all,

Was downloading to my Samsung HD103SJ hard drive and got a CRC error. Immedately concerned I backed up all my data. Checked crystal disk info and got a "caution" with "Current Pending Sector Count" of 14. Ran chkdsk overnight and found some errors (in the file I'd been downloading) which it corrected. The current pending sector count dropped to 9.

I've continued to use the hard disk since then without problems. I've ran chkdsk overnight several times over the last month and no errors have been found. I've just checked today and the current pending sector count has again dropped to 7. Obviously I'm not trusting my important data on the drive just yet but the number seems to be dropping and I haven't had any real problems with it (yet). I'm aware I can do a zero wipe which may sort it but it's going to be too much hassle right now.

The drive is passing SMART but failing the Short DST test in Samsung SeaTools Diagnostic. It also passes the Short Generic test.

1) Obviously the drive cannot be trusted with important data. BUT is it 100% GUARANTEED to fail?
2) If so, when is the drive going to fail? And I know the answer is "anytime without warning", but it's been a month - I was expecting the Current Pending Sector Count to increase - not decrease.
3) If the pending sectors dropped to 0, would it pass the Short DST test?

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A:Hard Disk failing?

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I was using my laptop normally and since 3 days it has been freezing suddenly while watching vids or doing any normal tasks. Last night it froze and i had to shut it down by holding the power button but after powering it on is stuck now on a black screen after the windows logo. I ran the SMART status check it passed and Short DST test it failed. I have so much of my personal data and i dont want to lose them. It is still in warranty. What should I do to save my data and to fix this?

A:Hard Disk Failing?

This means the hard drive has issue and needs servicing.If the computer is under warranty, call HP and setup a service or take the unit to a authorized service center.

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hi folks

Today my WD hard disk is behaving weirdly. Any files accessed or transferred on the hdd will result in a crash. Transferring important files to another drive would result in a crash too. Running a program from the hdd does not work ie after awhile crash.

I have upload the zip file.

Please have a look and let me know what I should do. Any assistance would be very much appreciated.

P.s I have remove the cable from the hdd and bootup as per normal. System was fine and was tremendously fast. That is how I conclude that the hdd is failing.

A:BSOD Hard Disk is failing?

Do you have access to another computer?

It does seem like a hard drive failure. Do you know the STOP error code? (ex: 0x116 or 0xD1) That would be tremendously useful.

Check all the SATA cables and also try to plug them into other slots. I know it seems useless, but 50% of hdd failure assumptions are due to that.

It may also be your computer, so try to put the disk into another computer and tell us the result.

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The PC is 5 months old and only used domestically. When I switched on yesterday, all I got on screen was " No boot disk has been detected or disk has failed". I tried various repairs as recommended on the forums without success. No usable PC. Before ringing my supplier this morning, John Lewis, I switched on again without any realistic hope. This time I got "Preparing automatic repair" followed by Diagnosing your PC, then Your PC did not start correctly, then scanned and repaired drive D and Configuring Windows updates. Deep joy, I thought. we are back to normal. I can now access the PC BUT it is now running at a snails pace.. It cannot even keep up with my slow typing of emails.Save my sanity and get the PC working again as it should or is this going to be an ongoing problem?

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I have an inspiron 1520 laptop and it says that SMART reports that the hard drive may soon fail.

"Error:Reallocated Sector Count has reached its threshold. Current value is 135 and threshold is 140.
According to S.M.A.R.T. specifications, your hard disk is failing and needs to be immediately replaced. Backup your data as soon as possible. "

1. Is this because of physical damage?
2. If I replace it with a new one, will I have to re-install windows xp?

What will I do? This computer doesn't come with a XP CD, it just gives me option for system restore or dell restore back to factory settings...

A:S.M.A.R.T. reports hard disk is failing

When a failure is anticipated by S.M.A.R.T., the drive should be replaced.
You will need to re-install you operating system.

you can contact dell and they maybe be able to ship you a set of disks.

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Sony Vaio
Pentium 4 CPU 2.8 Ghz
XP Home Edition (but Linux is also installed as well)

I've just recently recovered from a vicious invasion of malware, spyware, and viruses, thanks to Howard.

Some of the computer's behavior is acting very peculiar to me.

-windows takes forever to boot, logging on takes a long time (even though im not running a lot of processes).

-every single time i boot to Windows, windows keeps running disk check on one of my partitions (E

-Some times, the HDD led lights up for no reason and remains on, tho no applications are loading.

-recently, online servers keep crashing (halo 1 Custom)

-Whenever im playing on an online server or doing an AntiVirus Scan or on my hard disk, some wierd clicks and squeeks are heard from inside the computer. THis has only started RECENTLY.

-Last night when my PC crashed whiling playing Halo online, it rebooted to a dos application called Memtest, where it scans the memory. I let it run, hoping it would might find the problem to the crashing. I let it run for 12 hours straight before i skipped it. No errors were found from it.

I have a feeling my hard disk is failing. But i just wanted to make sure before i started backing up my files on dvds and stuff.

I have run defrag recently, and i made a couple changes to msconfig to help speed up the windows booting process, but i dont if that made things worse, since im not very good with computers.

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A:Hard disk failing?? HJT log attached

Your hijackthis log looks fine to me and I cannot see anything wrong with the contents of the image file you sent.
You should do your backups anyway but I agree from what you say that the hard drive is probably on the way out. Have you seen the report at the end oc the chkdsk test - it will tell you if there are bad sectors on the drive - if there are this is not a good sign.
If in doubt, replace the drive.

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Hi, I installed Win7 RTM x64 in October on a brand new Samsung F3 1TB drive and it's been fine since then.. until yesterday, when I got my first BSOD with "ataport.sys" to blame. I then CHKDSK'd my drive and it found no problems. I couldn't find anything on Google with ataport.sys that seemed relevant, so I installed a program to monitor hard disk health (using S.M.A.R.T): HD Tune Pro.

It listed Current Pending Sector Count as "2", which was worrying, since this is an unuseable sector. Well, today I still haven't BSOD since that first one but the sector count is now at "6" (it was 4 this morning). Is this disk going to die? I'm worried.

Edit: It's 7 now.

Edit 2: It's 8 now. Uhh

A:Hard Disk appears to be failing

Hi yohan!

Why not try Samsung's "HUTIL" their Hard Disk drive diagnostic utility?

It is designed with the aim of testing a Samsung hard disk drive while it is installed inside a PC, regardless of the status of user's operating system.

You should get a better idea of what, if anything, is wrong with your disk.

SAMSUNG Hard Disk Drive - support - utilities

Hope this helps.

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I want to replace my HDD 360 GB with new SDD disk due to space problems with disk with compaq 420.  System configuration isIntel Core 2 Due  CPU T 6670 @ 2.20 GHz   RAM 4.0 GB ( 2.90 GB Usable)Hard Disk - 360 GBSize - 14" Please advise me wheather I can change my hard disk to SDD. Regards     

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Hi guys, I was wondering if somebody could help me out. I gave my pc a much-needed dusting off yesterday and when I tried to turn it on again, it started acting up. At first windows was freezing every 10 minutes or so, then several times that I tried to restart it, it showed something like "disk error press any key to reboot". I thought some connections were just not properly inserted when I put the pc parts back together so I removed them again and made sure they were properly placed when I put it back. It worked, I used the computer for about 4 hours last night before going to bed.

Then this morning, it was back to freezing up every 10 minutes or so. I've read somewhere that this is a sign of a hard disk failure, could someone help me confirm if this is the case with what I'm dealing with right now? I'm not sure because maybe I just messed up the connections of my harddisk to the motherboard since the problem started after I cleaned my pc and put it back together.(I was totally careful about putting it all back but then again, I'm not the most knowledgeable guy in assembling back pc parts)

Also, if it is indeed a hard disk failure, I have two hard disks on my pc, one is a 40 gb drive c where only windows is installed and another is a 500gb drive d where all my files are located. Of course my first thought is that the drive c is the one broken, but is it also possible that my drive d is the one acting up?

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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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Okay, so I had various issues months back and I had reported it here. My system had various problems because my HDD is failing, found temporary solutions, but seems like I should get a new HDD before I lose my data or my system goes down for a day or 2.

So shall I take a complete backup of the OS (i am not sure if it is possible), and everything and restore it on my new HDD?
I am not looking forward to have a fresh installation, cause this seems to be fine for now; so if there are no risks from taking complete system backup and restoring it on the new HDD, I would prefer so.
If that can be done and it's not too time-consuming, please show me the methods too.


Edit: Can my unresponsive Right click be related to the issue? Also sometimes mouse is unstable while drag and drop/selecting stuff.
Edit 2: The store from where I bought told me WD will replace the HDD since mine is in warranty period. Give me suggestions please. (in case if you will need any info, I stay in Mumbai,India)

A:[Failing hard disk] Shall I take a system backup?

SP33dyk, the best answer you need is YES, make an image backup if that is possible. You might want to copy all of your documents and data to an external drive.

YES back it up.


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Recently a family member's HP Pavilion dv7 wouldn't allow him to start it because of a Hard Disk 1 3F1 error, and when I tried to scan the hard disk it would always give me a Hard Disk 1 Quick (303) error code, and never finish the full scan. I checked system information and it doesn't give me any information about his hard drive. I heard you could use a cord to transfer data off the HDD using a cable, but you have to have the specific HDD's type. Is there anyway of saving the data on the HDD?

A:How do I get files off a failing HDD? (Hard Disk 1 3F1 Error...

Contempt Hello;Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums!IF the drive has failed, there is nothing you can do to fix it, and the more you use it, the less likely you'll be able to recover anything on it Your best bet for recovering data now is to do the following:1) Remove the hard drive from the PC2) Purchase a USB-to-Hard Driver adapter kit3) Download and install this utility on a working PC: Connect the old drive to the working PC5) Run the data recovery utility to see what can be retrieved from the old drive. If that tools does not find what you need, an alternative is Recuva: And, if that does not work well, the best tool out there is this one, but only the trial version is free: Luck

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We need to recover the hard disk as an ex-employee has deleted some files within the OS.
We don't want to reinstall Windows as it my effect some of the other files he has deleted, by accident!!!!
We have the software to recover the data but need to gain access to the Hard Disk and remove it, then run it on our test machine.

Does anyone have any idea how to remove the hard disk?

A:A100 Hard Disk Replacement


you find the HDD when you turn the A100 at the right side! You have to remove only one screw and take the small HDD flap away! Then you can pull out the HDD!

Bye Hans

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I am facing the problem of Hard drive failure with my laptop. I was told to replace with a new hard drive. So, am looking for the replacement details (right from the cost to the service centre location and procedures). It would be most helpful from some guidences.

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I have seen other posts on this but no definitive answer.
My HDD is dying and needs replacing. I see the posotion of the HDD is LHS under the palm rest and there appears to be a removable flap - other posts say there is just one screw to remove but there are no visible screws under the machine.

I have changed HDDs on other Toshibas with absolutetly no problem - anyone any ideas?

A:Hard disk replacement A100


The HDD replacement on this notebook is not simply procedure. I am not 100 % sure but the whole Palm rest/Touch pad must be removed at first. HDD cover is fixed with one screw but you will see him just if the Palm rest is removed.

When this screw is removed Hold the HDD tab and pull out the HDD assembly. Next step is to detach the HDD bracket from the HDD.
The unit is pretty new and before you do anything checks if the warranty is still valid.

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How to replace hard disk in Toshiba NB100

Can anyone help me ?



Message was edited by: faggiano

A:NB100 - Hard disk replacement

I believe the HDD is under the top cover which is hard to get to.

You should get a Service Center to do it for you, so nothing gets damaged and your warranty stays valid.

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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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Hello to all fellow Lenovo owners. Recently, my G570 Hard drive crashed. I  removed it and will purchase anew one but desperately need detailed, specific instructions about formatting, partitioning and installing Windows 7and whatever else is necessary to get up and running. I'm not a techie, but am handy and wiling/able to learn.Thanks in advance for any help. dcnyr


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A:g570 hard disk drive replacement

hi dcnyr,
Welcome to Lenovo Community Forums!
 Were you able to Create a Recovery Disc from the old HDD when it was still working? or you have an RCD when you first got the unit?
 Because if you have, you don't have to worry about any partition or procedure just pop the First RCD and just follow the Prompt,
but If you were not able to create set of Recovery CD then,
First you can contact Lenovo To Purchase a recovery CD
and another option is this:
"There's a big possibility that you're able to activate Windows 7 64bit using that COA,
Try to:
1. Create a recovery disc (just in case something goes wrong, you can revert back the preloaded OS)
2. Download and install Belarc Advisor to extract the Windows 7 product key on the BIOS.
3. Download a Windows 7 ISO and burn it using imgburn. Check here how
4. Install Windows 7 using this guide (use the key that you obtained from Step 2 if necessary)."
Hope this helps,

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Good morning to everyone,I have a DV6735el, PN: KN782EA#ABZ and I would like to upgrade to 4GB RAM (ok) and a drvie bigger than the default 250GB. Does this model support:1 o 2 TB?I suppose it can use interface Sata III (without spped improvement).It requires drive with hight 10 mm or can I use also 15mm? Thank You   

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A:Maximum size Hard Disk replacement

Any 2.5 inch wide and 9.5 mm thick SATA laptop hard drive will work and they do make 1 and 2 TB models so those are fine. It can be SATA III but will only work at a lower SATA speed on your laptop. Post back if you need any more help. 

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Hi all,

I need to replace my hard disk (Toshiba 40GB) and the configuration of my laptop E-SYstem 3089 is the following:

quite scary to be honest: there is a sort of armor protecting the hard disk and I don't know how to get it out... do I need to dismount all the pieces?
So please if someone experienced of this EI-Systems can share a tip, I'd be very happy and grateful. Thanks in advance!!
Joe User

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I bought this computer new several years ago and the hard-drive died today.  I went out and bought a new internal hard-drive, but I did not realize that I also needed to install an operating system with the new hard-drive.  So, I am trying to see what I need to do to get my new hard-drive to boot up?  I do not have the recovery disk that came with my computer.  I was told that maybe HP could send a new Operating System disk so that I could reinstall windows.  Any help is greatly appreciated.  Thank you

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Diagnostic Report (1.9.0027.0):
Windows Validation Data-->

Validation Code: 0
Cached Online Validation Code: N/A, hr = 0xc004f012
Windows Product Key: *****-*****-4F8HK-M4P73-W8DQG
Windows Product Key Hash: Xs1iQgVeo0C+sObJxS7eu+FuBPQ=
Windows Product ID: 00359-OEM-8992687-00057
Windows Product ID Type: 2
Windows License Type: OEM SLP
Windows OS version: 6.1.7600.2.00010300.0.0.003
ID: {885A901D-B8AC-437A-9497-77D160681927}(2)
Is Admin: No
TestCab: 0x0
LegitcheckControl ActiveX: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Product Name: Windows 7 Home Premium
Architecture: 0x00000009
Build lab: 7600.win7_ldr.110114-1504
TTS Error:
Validation Diagnostic:
Resolution Status: N/A

Vista WgaER Data-->
ThreatID(s): N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

Windows XP Notifications Data-->
Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
File Exists: No
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
WgaTray.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
WgaLogon.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

OGA Notifications Data-->
Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
OGAExec.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
OGAAddin.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

OGA Data-->
Office Status: 109 N/A
OGA Version: N/A, 0x80070002
Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Office Diagnostics: 025D1FF3-364-80041010_025D1FF3-229-80041010_025D1FF3-230-1_025D1FF3-517-80040154_025D1FF3-237-80040154_02... Read more

A:Invalid Product Key, when activating after a hard disk replacement

The serial used is the OEM SLP key, that is the key the computer was installed with when it left the Toshiba factory. To use that key you have to use the Toshiba recovery disks to reinstall.
If you do a clean install from any other Windows 7 DVD you have to use the serial that is on the case of the computer/laptop.
You could try and call MS support and explain your problem. You might need to call several times as some of the support guys are less friendly than others.....

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Hi - Yesterday, my Averatec 3250 laptop stopped working and now I cannot boot it up. I am getting a "SMART command failed" and subsequent message about disk read error. It sure sounds like the hard drive is shot. This machine gets light use, so this is very disappointing as I bought it new in late 2004. I was thinking about replacing the hard drive, but there is no information in the user manual. Any advice appreciated.

A:Solved: Averatec 3250 - Hard Disk Replacement

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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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A BSOD happened around a week ago while re-enabling my ethernet adapter on my laptop. This is the first and only time my computer has blue screened as of now.

A previous disk check(yesterday) found bad sectors within my hard drive(might be a sign of a bad hard disk?). Could that have been the cause of the BSOD?

A:BSOD while Reenabling Ethernet/possibly caused by failing hard disk?

Xohn now how did you run that chkdsk if you ant to run it thoroughly then follow this
Disk Check and use the switches /f and /r in Option 2

If you feel the drive is faling then it may be making some odd and loud noises so to check the drive itself try these
SeaTools for Windows | Seagate and to do a physical drive test (it's surface) use the Partition Wizard surface test
Free Partition Manager for Window PC | MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition see my pic

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So I got the message on bootup, but it appears to be too late, as I can't see any data on the drive (but XP still sees the drive). Scandisk won't run on it. Attempting to image the drive shows some bad sectors. Are there any other tools out there that might help me salvage something- or see what was there (not my computer)?

A:Imminent Disk Failure

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I recently finished building a low budget gaming rig, after installing windows 7, the drivers for my hardware, doing updates...etc, my bios warned me that my hard drive's status is "BAD", I skipped this warning and booted into windows where I was informed that my hard drive could fail soon and I should back up. I should mention that I formerly used this drive in an external enclosure for almost two years before using it in my rig.

I backed up and ran crystal clear disk info (see results attached). What should my next course of action be? Could I have done something wrong in the building process to cause this?

A:Imminent disk failure?

The disk is going bad, to put it in simple terms.

It could continue for a while longer, but I would consider replacing it.

There might be an option that could repair the damage (I think), but I'm sure someone else will say if there is.

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I have a HP ENVY 810-170st, 24GB Ram, Windows 64 On boot, I'm receiving Intel's "imminent failure" message for my 16gb SSD disk cache.  My SSD shows up in File Explorer as: Recovery Image (D): The Intel RST application shows that disk data cache is enabled I see nothing about accelerate. It seems strange that I can read and write to this SSD (though I don't do so). Currently the properties show:     13.4GB USED    1.89GB FREE SPACE so it is totally maxed out.  I'm confused....apparently the disk has folders and partitions associated with Recovery...frankly I don't know if that was on the system when I received it, or if somehow I wrote to this disk when creating a recovery image in the past !?! I believe this is how I received the system. So it seems like maybe it isn't even working as a "disk cache" and more like a baby SSD, but what do I know except that it is failing.  FYI: I've just made a system recovery image on a flash drive and backed up all data to a USB drive. I realize that perhaps all I need to do is power off and install a new SSD disk cache and all will work fine, so here are my questions: Can I just install a new...say 60gb cache drive... to replace the failing one in the drive bay without having to somehow image the old SSD or save some kind of settings.Will the system just roll with it, meaning will my installed programs...MODO, Rhino, Zbrush, etc. just launch and run without problems?... Read more

A:SSD Disk Cache - Imminent Failure

Hi, I'll ask HP to escalate your issue since your PC is covered by warranty.  You paid for it so you should get the service.

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American Megatrends
Hard Disk Failure is Imminent
Please back up hard disk and have it replaced!
Press F10 for Setup, Press F2 to Continue
My pc just recovered from Poweliks / Adclicker trojan with dc3's help.
Thread is here:
Speccy ran previously in that thread:
Computer is:
HP Pavilion m9000t
Windows Vista, SP2
NOTES: Some things that happened since Friday after using the computer and making sure things were working.
Installed Flash player update.  Norton Full System Scan ran late Friday night.  Everything normal.
Yahoo Toolbar showed up in IE9 out of the blue.  I did have it in add-ons but it was disabled permanently but I could only disable it temporarily.  When I tried to disable permanently, it said contact system administrator.  So I uninstalled it from Control Panel/Programs.
Sunday night I got a performance alert from Norton NIS about high usage problem and 176 actions performed.  I copied to notepad and from what I can remember it had something to do with Firefox cache/doomed files and I think they were deleted when I cleared Firefox cache.
I ran Malwarebytes scan Sunday night.  Normal.
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A:It's Me Again...American Megatrends Disk Failure Imminent

F10 will take you to BIOS setup. F2 will continue to boot to Windows. What is interesting is Speccy shows the SMART status as good.

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I keep getting blue error screen says imminent hard drive failure gives me tells me backup all files etc and do hard disk diagnostic test which entire hard disk fails option to press enter to continue start up says press F1 to boot but when I do I get light grey screen won't start up further at all I really need to at least be able to login and save my files work on this computer before I lose it I need help ASAP

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What should I do if my Vista HE (32 bit)/I] says "Windows Has Detected An Imminent Hard Drive Failure - Back Up Your Files Now"?

A:Imminent Hard Drive Failure

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I have a HP Pavillion PC that is about 3-years old.

It has been making awful electrical noises for a few days. Today when I started it up I got the above message. After a few searches on this site I can see that this is something that happens and it's not too much of a big deal if you are prepared for it. I already have system recovery disks, and I've just backed up my data.

My computer seems to have 3 hard drives - C: the standard one, D: New_Volume, and E: HP_Recovery. Does this mean that if C: goes I can somehow use the D: drive?

Is there anything else that I should be doing while I can still log in?

Thanks in anticipation of any advice

A:Hard drive failiure imminent

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Running windows xp on an HP desktop a1025 computer. The computer would not boot. It did show a screen that said "hard drive failure imminent back up your files and replace hard drive". I got the files and then was told the mother board was bad. I was also told to replace the battery and it probably would work. I replaced the battery and the unit works perfectly. However, I am reluctant to trust that it will not actually fail. What do you think?

A:Imminent hard drive failure

See this:
Modern computer bios contain a technology called SMART (Self Monitoring Analysis & Reporting Technology) that interfaces with modern disk drives using the EIDE specification and contains a log of many hard disk working attributes. If you download the free DiskCheckup program from the Passmark website ( it will read this log and report the attributes. This is a small program and downloads fast. It also does not have to be run until you want to read the log, so takes no system resources when it isn't running.

To check your hard drive:
- Start the DiskCheckup program.
- At the top of the program window you will find a ''Select Drive'' drop down list of your disk drives. Select the drive you want to check from that list and click on the ''Get Info'' button.
- The list in the top box will give you drive information, but this isn't what you need to see how the drive is doing. The bottom box will show you the SMART attributes and this is what you really should be looking at. Even thought some of the attributes may not be familiar to you, there is a column named ''Status'' that will tell you how the drive is doing. If it says "OK" on all the attributes your drive is working fine.Click to expand...

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on boot up with an hp laptop with vista os I get hard drive failure imminent back up / and replace hard drive , but it won't complete boot up process. What can I do to rectify this problem?

A:Hard drive failure imminent

What part of the boot process does it stop at?
You can attempt to repair the operating system using a vista DVD. If you don't have any files on the system you should just replace the drive.

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I'm getting this error after POST:
"170-smart Hard disk drive is detecting an imminent failure. To ensure no data loss backup contnents and replace this hard disk. attribute failed #5"
Is there anything I can do to fix this besides replacing the hard drive?

A:hard drive imminent failure

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I'm in Western Australia in the area hit by the big storms last week. We had a major 2 day power outage and a lot of surges etc when the power came back on.

Since the power has come back on, my computer hasn't been working properly. Firstly it started freezing up completely, CTRL ALT DEL wouldn't solve the problem so I had to use the reset switch. Then the scary stuff started happening. It wouldn't locate my Main Hard Drive during the start up process and I'd get an error message saying PRESS ANY KEY TO REBOOT. I"d reboot and the same thing would happen. I'd have to turn off the power and let cool down for a while before it would start up. Then it would fail to get past the windows start up screen, so I'd reset it again, Then it would start up properly and I could log in as normal. However it was excruciatingly slow and would take ages to open any programs etc.

Before this happened I'd installed the latest windows updates including IE7 which for some reason will not work properly on this computer. I've since uninstalled this upgrade, done a check disk, a clean disk, an adware scan, a virus scan and a spyware scan. But to no avail as it still crashed.

Today's plan was to baby it to life, get a hijack this log off it and post it on here to see if you guys can help me.

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A:Imminent Hard Drive Failure!!!!

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Hi, this afternoon Windows started giving me repeated warning messages saying; "Windows detected a hard disk problem" and said that I should "Back up your files immediately to prevent information loss, and then contact the computer manufacturer to determine if you need to repair or replace the disk."  I also got a pop-up from the "Intel Rapid Storage Technology" saying my hard drive was at risk. When the system boots up it stops at the BIOS screen and says "Hard Drive Failure is imminent". Googling this issue makes me confused as to whether I've got a Hard Drive about to fail, or some sort of virus that I need to get rid of. I've backed up my files. I did a lengthy CHKDSK which revealed nothing. Norton 360 hasn't alerted me to any virus issues. Where do I go from here?  My equipment is; HPE-170a Pavilion Elite Desktop PC OS: Windows 7 - 64 bit

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A:"Hard Drive Failure Imminent" messages?

Hard Drive failed. Replaced with WD 1TB and all is well again.

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I am suddenly getting a warning (in Win7 operation and at reboot)that one of my Hard Drives is about to fail. It is a 1TB Spinpoint 3 that I have had for about 3 years. I installed 'Hard Disk Sentinel' to check the information Windows is giving me, and this gives me the same basic report:

"Failure Predicted - Attribute: 1 Raw Read Error Rate, Errors occurred while reading raw data from a disk. Indicate problem with the disk surface or the read/write heads. There are 793 weak sectors found on the disk surface. They may be remapped any time in the later use of the disk. Replace hard disk immediately".

So I guess the information is reliable and I need to buy a new disc, right? Will re-formatting it and/or running DiskCheck (with recover bad sectors) help? Anything else I can do? Disk working Ok for now...

Assuming the answer is 'no', what would folks recommend as a good, not-too-expensive disc (available in the UK) to replace the failing one? Fortunately it's a disc I use just for backups, albeit important ones, not a disc with the O/S or similar on it. I thought these Samsung discs were supposed to be reliable...



A:Imminent Hard Drive Failure - Recommendations please?

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I receive the hard drive "imminent failure message" upon boot up.I bought a completely new hard drive,installed OP and still get same message.Updated the BIOS from HP site and still nothing..Where do I troubleshoot now,bad motherboard??Any ideas out there??

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Keep getting this message every time I do a RESTART :BIOS Revision: 6.11 ST3750528AS:Hard Disk failure is imminent please backup your hard disk and have it replaced ! !

A:Hard Drive Failure Is Imminent Message

Also, I installed and new HDD, re-installed Windows 7 and to my surprise the error was still displaying upon computer reboot every time.

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My machine (HP G72) opens up to DOS instead of a Windows blue screen, and the DOS message(s) are “Imminent hard-drive failure.” Below that are options to test the start-up menu, hard-disc, etc., or press “enter to start-up.” After I press enter usually the Windows 7 blue screen appears and can enter my password and everything is fine (albeit a little slow) thereafter, but now the Internet freezes a lot, at least when I use the Google Browser, so I’m using the Explorer Browser right now, it’s not as slow; and it takes longer and longer for me to get to the blue screen, the DOS screen is also asking for me to install the operating system, and I just turn the computer off until when I press enter I finally get the windows blue screen again.

System Mechanic came with this computer and after it expired I started seeing trouble, so I downloaded the free version and it works on everything except the hard-drive because that is not free.

QUESTION: Should I pay for the $30.00 bucks to download the full System Mechanic software, will it help?

QUESTION: Also, I made a backup of the computer about 3 weeks ago, but there was a message the last disc was copied incorrectly and I didn’t have the heart to start the backup all over again because it took hours. Can I still use that backup except for the last disc?

A:Solved: Imminent hard-drive failure

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I am suddenly getting a warning that one of my Hard Drives is about to fail. It is a 1TB Spinpoint 3 that I have had for about 3 years. I installed 'Hard Disk Sentinel' to check the information Windows is giving me, and this gives me the same basic report:

"Failure Predicted - Attribute: 1 Raw Read Error Rate, Errors occurred while reading raw data from a disk. Indicate problem with the disk surface or the read/write heads. There are 793 weak sectors found on the disk surface. They may be remapped any time in the later use of the disk. Replace hard disk immediately".

So I guess the information is reliable and I need to buy a new disc, right? Will re-formatting it and/or running DiskCheck (with recover bad sectors) help? Anything else I can do?

Assuming the answer is 'no', what would folks recommend as a good, not-too-expensive disc (available in the UK) to replace the failing one? Fortunately it's a disc I use just for backups, albeit important ones, not a disc with the O/S or similar on it. I thought these Samsung discs were supposed to be reliable...



A:Imminent Hard Drive Failure - Recommendations please?

For backups I would always recommend a powered external HDD on the table top, which will never - as far as possible - never removed, and switched on only when backup is required. ( Look for an on-off switch on the drive, so that you need not connect and disconnect the drive to the PC every time to bring it into action )

(The reason is an internal drive will keep spinning all the time (needlessly) and thus reduce its lifetime and imminent early failure.)

Immediately backup all your files to the external drive.

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Hi Guys,

A noisy bearing type noise has started coming from my PC.

I thought it was one of the cooling fans, but I've checked all of those and they are all OK.

It must be coming from the Hard Drive (IDE).

1) Is there a test I can do to see if Drive Failure is imminent?

2) Can I put a spot of thin oil on the bearing to make it quieter?

3) If I have to replace the Drive, what software do I need to Copy the whole PC from one drive to another as I do not want to re-install everything.

4) Any recomendations on a new (IDE) Drive?

Looking forward to your comments.



TSG Info
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: AMD Sempron(tm) Processor 2600+, x86 Family 15 Model 44 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 1
RAM: 2046 Mb
Graphics Card: ALL-IN-WONDER RADEON 8500 DV (Microsoft Corporation), 64 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 76316 MB, Free - 34190 MB;
Motherboard: EPoX COMPUTER CO., LTD, K8M800 DDR: 8HMMI-A Series, 1.x,
Antivirus: None

Antivirus Update
Although the TSG Info didn't pick it up, Norton Internet Security is running on this machine

A:Noisy Hard Drive - Imminent Failure ???

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ok, I'll try to describe this the best I can

I have a Western digital HDD. When I start my computer it will tell me drive failure imminent, back up hard disk and have it replaced, F2 to continue. When I hit F2 I get a black screen and nothing happens. Now I've tried to put the HDD in my other computer (the one I'm using now) as a slave so I can run scan disk on it but heres the prob with that.

I start the second computer up, it does the IDE drive check and everything is fine, goes to the second load screen (where it shows bios info ect.) and stops on the WD HDD and won't do anything else.

thats the best I can explain it at this point. HELP!!!!

A:hard drive failure is imminent, won't boot

Hello and welcome to Techspot.

It sounds to me like your hard drive has already failed.

It might be possible to revive your hard drive just long enough for you to get your data off of it.

Take a look at this article HERE

I can`t guarantee that this will work, but it may be worth a try.

Regards Howard :wave: :wave:

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I run Win 7 home on Lenovo Thinkpad. recently windows Lenovo diagnostic programme warne of "imminent hard drive failure". I ran SeaTools long test which also indicated disk failure. Then I ran windows chdsk. All went well till stage 4 of 5...checking file data -it has twice replaced bad clusters up till now - its been busy with stage 4 for the past 3 hours.....

One of the files affected according to chdsk is AgCx_SC1.db - is this a Trojan? Both Malwarebytes and MSE came up with a clean scan.

My question is : must I replace the HD or is there a virus lurking somewhere?

Your help would be appreciated

A:Solved: Imminent hard drive failure

If the lenovo diagnostic and seatools are indicating a disk failure I would suggest an immediate backup of as much as you can / need and replace the drive.

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I am currently running Windows XP Home Edition on my PC (eMachines model T2240 - 2.2Mhz and 1.2 gigs of RAM). Anyway, about 2 weeks ago, I noticed that every once and a while, my PC would slow down to a crawl and take forever to respond. The only way I could solve the problem was to re-start the machine (Process Manager showing that the CPU was not being overworked).

Virus and spyware scans revealed nothing (save for the annoying tracking cookies which I removed) so I don't think it's malware. Thinking it might be the hard drive, I downloaded HDD Health v3.2 from . I ran the program and it revealed that my main hard disk's health was at 0% but my older, smaller slave HD is 100% (temperature -1 for both which I found weird) and that failure is imminent.

I also ran chdisk afterwards and found nothing so my question is how concerned should I be? Perhaps the software isn't working correctly? If this is the case, then what could be the problem?


A:Solved: Hard Drive failure imminent?

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Hi guys and girls,
I?m not sure whether this is a hardware or a virus issue, so please push this thread elsewhere if necessary.
My laptop has recently started acting horribly! It takes about an hour to boot windows, and even then, it isn?t always fully booted. Typical windows icons in the corner by the clock don?t always load ? the network, volume, and battery icons, for instance - but this is the least of my worries. The hard drive is much noisier than it used to be. It isn?t making scary scratching or thunking noises, but it does sound a little like a typewriter while it is booting Windows. After Windows is loaded, it quiets down a bit. Also, for the first couple hours the computer is on, the hard drive light is on steadily. It will eventually flash on and off (normally) after I?ve been on the computer a while or restarted it from hibernation.
Because this computer is going on 3 years old and I tote it around and use it daily, I would imagine all of these problems point to imminent hard drive failure, but I wonder if it may be a virus issue that isn?t getting caught by my Norton 360 scans. All of these problems started after I accidently (and stupidly) downloaded some malware in an effort to help a coworker. I thought I cleared them away immediately, but this all started happening on the very next reboot. I've also done physical scans of the hard drive surface and no errors are turning up.
I would love to not have to unnecessarily invest in a new computer right now (for fin... Read more

A:Imminent hard drive failure or Virus?

Sounds like your pc is infected and you need to work on that. However you can also download the hard drive manufacture diagnostics and test the drive. I can't provide a link since you left out all info about your pc. When asking for support your pc specs and os version is customary to provide.

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Hello everyone,

Ok I haven't posted in a while as I have bought a new PC. This actually concerns my old pc that I gave to my friend. The thing is I have recently found out that the pc has had 3 Power Supplies that have failed in about a year's time. Each of these Power Supplies wasn't a cheap model. They were collectively well known brands. I have asked my friend to tell me what is the current model and wattage of the current PSU.

My question is what could cause a repeated failure of decent Power Supplies? My friend isn't much of a techie and he surmised that it maybe is the Motherboard? This Desktop PC is about 4 years old. It is an AMD 4400+ Dual Core 3 Gig RAM DDR3200, The Motherboard is a Gigabyte KA-8N SLI and it has currently an ATI video Card, I think it's a HD5770.
Anyway, I originally had a 350W power supply which couldn't handle the strains of the new video card and the computer's PSU failed. As I was working full time in a very stressful job, I did not have the means to buy a new PSU and install it myself as I would have normally. The end result was we took it to the shops and spent 130 odd dollars AU [80 dollars for the Power Supply itself] for a 600 Watt Power Supply and within 3 to 5 months, that power supply failed.

Currently, the PC works intermittently. It sometimes turns on and works fine and recently, the last 2 days it does not even turn on. I just don't understand how a good brand PSU can fail so quickly?

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A:Replacement PSU's keeps failing

If the psu's are failing like that, chances are something is causing the issue (the odds of that many psu's failing that quickly is very low)

Test the Psu's on another system for starters to see if they are actually bad. That could at least let you make sure it's not something else causin the problem.

I would also try other outlets because a faulty plug can be an issue (plus use a power strip, it helps protect your machine ).

I do not think its the motherboard or the video card as if it was, they would not be functional period. It can also be heat/stress on the psu if the psu is getting to hot due to location or if there's lots if dust build up causing it to fail.

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I'm hoping this is a simple fix. I'm trying to fix my elderly uncle's Asus laptop. System Repair pops up and fails. I booted to command prompt and found out it may be hard disk space. 400+ GB Hard drive (only one drive) and there's only 1024kb Free. I'm thinking that could be the issue. Hardware was checked out at the computer store and is fine. But they were going to charge him $200 to fix this failure to boot up issue. I told him to let me try first.

Can I possible "compact" this drive from the command prompt screen?

Note: I have no other Win 7 systems, so can't create a disk, and I have no original disks.
Also, no restore point has ever been set, and there are no partitions on the drive.

A:"Startup repair" failing - hard disk space issue?

Normally, I'd tell you to download a program or two to examine what's using the space or to clean up unnecessary files.

But with only 1024 kb of space, you probably can't install anything.

So--try this:

Start button, search box, type in "disk cleanup" and then poke the disk cleanup listing that shows up.

Let it clean up the drive and report back with how much space you then have.

You'll see an option in disc cleanup where it asks if you want to clean up system files as well. Say yes.

It should calculate how much space it will recover.

Let it run to completion. Might take a few minutes.

Then check your recycle bin to see if it's empty.

Report back with available space.

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Yesterday when I switch on my computer, it automatic diskcheck on my E disk. I have 3 HDD, which is C: (My main partition, installed Windows on this HDD), D: is for all my game files (Installed games) and E: is for all my music, movies, game installer, software etc.

So back to the point, when I switch on my computer, and get to the "Windows is Starting", and it stuck right there for about 5-10 minutes. Firstly, I have no patient so I restated the computer, and second or third time also have the same problem. So I choose to wait patiently, after 5-10 minutes, it have a black screen for about 1 to a few minutes, then it started the disk check on my E drive.

Once the process started ( I have total 234240 file record as shown on the disk check ) and continue to file record 800, it started to give me message stated "File record segment 800 is unreadable, File record segment 801 is unreadable" and so on, and sometimes it continue to go smoothly without the message, but not long or sooner it will appear again. Almost the whole process I get these message which worried me, and I wonder if my hard disk is failing badly and unable to recover.
It continues to finish the process and attempt to fix the bad sector. And after that it successfully log onto Windows, so I can use it normally again.

But I notice my E: HDD cannot access and the "My Computer" screen is loading very slow, and sometimes goes unrespond. One thing very weird is that after I few hours ... Read more

A:Hard disk is failing? Error message"File record segment is unreadable"

The "File record segment xxx is unreadable" error is an indication of failing hard drive. You should backup the data from this drive before it's too late.

Next, run some diagnostic testing on the failing hard drive; most HDD manufacturers have the diagnostic software available from their website. Software from Seagate will work with most brand.

If this drive would be mine, I'd just get a new one, the drive certainly will not get better...

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Well, I finally bought a new harddrive to replace my failing drive, however when I tried to use the Data Lifeguard tools to duplicate the data from the old drive to the new one, it failed! The drive (so far) still works, though access time is slow, and all sighs show that its starting to fail (the HD diognostic disk showed that the data error ratio and seek time are in the critical range).

Now, roughly 80% of the data on the drive I dont really care if it is lost, since most of the data is programs that I still have the original cds for and can just as easily re-install. However, the other 20% is data I do not have backed up (Yes yes I know, im stupid for not making backups) in any way, and I really dont want to loose, data like school projects, passwords, accounts, personal art/programming projects, etc. THIS data I cannot afford to loose if I can help it. (And data recovery is out of the question, I coule buy three new pcs for the price of one standard data recovery)

Now that you know the background of my problem, heres my questions

1. I started a through scandisk (itll take a few hours, the drive is 80 GB). Smart idea or Stupid idea on a drive that is near-failure?

2. I know there is no DEFINATE time, but roughly how much time do I have until the drive fails so bad that I cant even access the data on it anymore?

3. If even after the scandisk I cant duplicate the drive, my next plan is to make it master and my new drive the slave, then to manually drag and copy the cri... Read more

A:1720: Detected Hard Drive Failure Imminent

Just a thought, rather than strain the old drive. Put the new one in as master (for now leave the old one unhooked but set it to slave while in there). Install all your software on the new drive. Once this is done, hook the old one as a slave and copy your data to the new one. The old one could fail at any time and this may be the best chance of saving the data.

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When I boot up, I am getting this message "1720 Hard Drive detects imminent failures". I did a Google search and learned (through that Compaq has S.M.A.R.T. and this message comes from that. Could it be that there is a glitch in SMART? It mentioned a patch. Will my hard drive actually fail? My computer is 5 years old.
Please help me.

A:1720 Hard Drive detects imminent failure

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My WD3200BEVT-22ZCT0 HDD is failing. System has been trying to boot to Network on and off ever since yesterday evening (the first time this happened was in August but unlike then, this is reoccurring over and over):

Broadcom UND I PXE-2.1 v11.4.1
Copyright (C) 2000-2008 Broadcom Corporation
Copyright (C) 1997-2000 Intel Corporation
All Rights Reserved.

Broadcom Base Code PXE-2.1 v1.1.0
Copyright (C) 2000-2008 Broadcom Corporation
Copyright (C) 1997-2000 Intel Corporation
PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable
PXE-M0F: Exiting Broadcom PXE ROM.
Operating System not found

Yes, the HDD is set to boot first... however, when it let me get into the BIOS it claimed there was no HDD under IDE0 (completely blank, and under the Information it also said "None" for both IDE0 values there as well) and the Event Viewer (when I was briefly able to get into the OS last night) also had several entries about IDE0 failing to respond so there we go. It's definitely the HDD. There is no way the cable is simply unplugged (it's never been dropped or bumped), nor is it the motherboard as it is powering everything else on just fine. Though I must comment this is very strange in that the HDD makes no noise... must be the circuit board. Whatever.
Anyway I'm wondering which type of HDD I need, IDE or SATA I/II without having to rip it out so I can order the proper replacement (definitely NOT the same drive), or does it matter?

This is the HDD I had in mind (figure I might as well ge... Read more

A:Failing HDD - Replacement Questions

This for desktop with SATA:
SATA DVD CD Drive - How to Install
SATA Hard Drive - How to Install and Setup
the base of both tutorials are the same for IDE.

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My aunt sent me the following email outlining a problem she's having (again) with her hard drive. This same thing has happened before (maybe a year or two ago) and she had to replace the hard drive:
"I'm afraid my hard drive is failing again. It's been running slower and Slooooower and harder to get booted up. This morning I got the DOS message again that the Master Hard Disk SMART status was bad and failure imminent. Is there a problem in the computer that's "killing" the hard drives? I have backed everything up (I think) on the external drive (which is 60 Gig, BTW) so won't be devastated if there's nothing we can do. I'm afraid to turn it off now. It still does some things O.K. although quite slowly. Is there anything I can do to save it?"
She has an fairly new eMachine (I can get the exact model # and other specs if it would help, I know she has 1GB of RAM). Could there be some problem with the motherboard, or other component, that would cause the gradual demise of two different hard drives (the original and now this replacement)??? Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thank You.

A:Solved: Hard Drive SMART status bad - failure imminent

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I received Failure Imminent Warning on April 18, 2016  I don't know, but thought you might find this interesting. I have backed up my hard drive several times since the first warning.  I downloaded and used the Hard Drive Sentinel and it said that my hard drive "performance" was 100% (Excellent) but that it was about to fail and I had a "health" of "0" and zero days left before it failed, for several days in a row.  I have kept a daily log of what I have done and what warnings I keep getting over and over, since April 18, 2016.   (This is the second year in a row this has happened in the same month, but then went away for a year.) After a few days, on 5/1, for some inexplicable reason, when I turned on my computer and it booted up, I did not receive a full page warning or have to hit (F2 To continue) before I logged in.  Then the Hard Drive Sentinel came on the screen as it always does, and tells me that performance is 100% Excellent and the Health is 100% Excellent and that I have more than 100 days remaining on it, no problematic sectors and no data transfer errors and that NO Actions were Necessary!  Everything was just all of a sudden Hunky Dorey again!  It continued this way until... On 5/6 the Same Warning appeared again and continues to this day 5/10/16.  Hard Drive Sentinel says that it is the "seek error rate" = "indicates problem with the servo, high head temperatures can also cause this problem." Sinc... Read more

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I have a computer where it receives an error message upon startup from the SMART monitoring predicting that the primary master may have imminent failure and to please back up all data. Then it states to press F1 to continue or DELETE to enter setup. If you press F1 it just reloads the same page and error message. Press DELETE and you go into the BIOS. No where are you given an option nor will the computer boot normally into windows. Also unable to boot into Safe Mode. I went into the BIOS to disable the SMART monitoring in case that was preventing the computer from booting into Windows. Lo and behold, SMART is already disabled. I enabled it and then rebooted. Same message, same problem, unable to boot into Windows. Went into BIOS and disabled SMART, no change upon reboot.

The computer seems to be in this error loop with no option to boot into
Windows XP. The user has not backed up any files since March 2007. We need to access the hard drive in order to do a back up.

This all happened after the user did Windows updates and then the computer automatically shut down for a reboot.

At this time I don't have a boot disk for it. I went into the Recovery Console on the Windows XP CD to look at the bootfile. When I tried to look at the boot list (Bootcfg /list) is says there are none. When I attempted to rebuild (bootcfg /rebuild) I got an error message and then it failed.

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to boot the computer into windows?

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A:SMART imminent hard drive failure error message

Hi celkiar04 and welcome to TSF !

The best solution would be to attach the drive to another computer. Is this a laptop or a desktop ? Is this a SATA or an IDE drive ?

If it's a regular 3.5'' drive then simply hook it as a slave on another computer. If it's a 2.5'' laptop drive then you'll need a 2.5'' USB enclosure or a 2.5'' to 3.5'' IDE adapter.

Once you've backed up your files, you can run the manufacturer's diagnostic utility on the hard drive, though usually when you start getting S.M.A.R.T. error messages the only option left is to replace the drive.

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I have a 466 mhz Compaq Deskpro with Windows 2000 loaded on it. When I boot the computer I get the following message: "1720-smart hard drive detects imminent failure. Your hard drive is detecting an imminent failure. To ensure no data loss, backup contents and replace this hard disk."
I've tried 3 different hard drives, flashed the bios, upgraded the bios and yet the error message still remains. When I hit F1 the system boots into Win 2k fine. Any suggestions on how to get rid of this error would be appreciated.

A:1720-SMART hard drive detects an imminent failure

go into your bios and disable the SMART drive feature for a few days, and then re-enable it. Just a guess, but it can't hurt.

Good luck,

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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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Alright - My wife has had my computer for the last six months while I've been working away from home. When I get back to it, it's hanging up periodically. It would be a random hang up EXCEPT when I would run Disk Scan - then it would ALWAYS hang. So, over the weekend, I tried running Disk Defrag. When I got back home to it, my cursor was blinking in the top left corner of a blank monitor.I removed the drive and brought it to work where I have access to some crack IT guys. Looks like my boot sector is visible, but there is no directory tree to access files and I can't even seem to get a letter assignment out of the drive.Took it to Circuit City with the same results. Then took it across the street to a shady little place called Dr. Dan. From a back room, he claimed that he got it to boot to the desktop three times in a row, but then could not access any programs.The error? 1720 - SMART hard drive detect imminent failure. Attribute #01.I'm sure the drive is close to full failure. I'd like to get the data off of it and onto a clean, new HD, but if I can't even see the drive, am I hosed?My computer: eMachines T2779. OS: Win XP Home. Memory 256 MB. HD: 80 GB WD800.Any help would be greatly appreciated. Money IS an issue. TIME is NOT. I'll do anything until my options run out, but I don't want to have to spend $500.Thanks in advance,Jim

A:1720 - SMART hard drive detects imminent failure

Hi VentureForth,Pro hard drive recovery is VERY expensive. That doesn't sound like an option. I have had some success using Norton's system works. It can look at the drive and see if things can be recovered. Your local guys may have done that. You can try to boot to a DOS boot disk and navigate over to you data. The key there is drive recognition. All Windows/DOS fixes need to at least see the drive. I would also take a shot with the manufacturer's software. Western Digital has data lifeguard tools. Let me also point you here: Leurgy's hard drive postThis post has all types of hard drive info. As a last resort, try hard drive CPR. Don't laugh, I have seen this work many times. With the computer OFF, remove the hard drive and rap it on the side (The side 90 degrees from where you plug it in - not on its top or bottom). When the drive has ran for long periods of time and then gets cut off for an extended period, I have seen the drive arm get stuck in the parked position. This is a do at your own risk thing and should be done only when you are sure the drive has to be replaced.Question to you... Is the hard drive clicking as it tries to start?Good luck, Rigel

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Secondary hard drive on a desktop computer reported "cyclic redundancy data error". Chkdsk was run, took too long for satisfactory completion, and thusly canceled. On bootup, the machine reports imminent hard drive failure on secondary hard drive. Various tests run and observation indicate no errors or file corruption.

Blue screen whn running seemingly normal operation. Programs running: The Sims 3 Pets.

*** STOP: 0x00000050 (0xA3B5CF64,0x00000000,0x80537834,0x00000000)
Hitachi HDT721010SLA360 ST60A31B"

CheckDisk run again to be sure, took a time frame of days in order to finish. Desktop still reports imminent hard drive failure requiring input to continue start up. Entire computer experiences slowdown now, particularly when accessing the secondary hard drive. No physical damage to secondary hard drive. No physical damage to secondary hard drive.

The secondary hard drive is not the one with the OS installed on it and is solely used for data storage.

System specifications:
Hardware: Compaq Presario SR1750NX Desktop PC
OS: Windows XP Home SP3
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 3500+
Memory: 2.19GHz, 2.25 GB RAM
Mainboard: ASUSTek Computer INC. Amberine M 1.03
Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 3400 Series RV620
Secondary Hard Drive: Hitachi HDT721010SLA360 ST60A31B
Space: 931GB NTFS

A:Imminent secondary Hard Drive Failure Causing Slow down

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Hi. My
GIGABYTE - Graphics Card - NVIDIA - PCI Express Solution - GeForce 9 series - GV-N98TSL-1GI
is failing. I have multiple monitors and have tried it on another and it is actually worse, the monitor shuts on and off and also goes to grey sparkles.
The card is the issue and I think it has a 3 year warranty so I will return it for repair / replacement. What I need from our team of experts is a recommendation for a replacement. My other main machine has a Radeon 6770
GIGABYTE - Graphics Card - ATI - PCI Express Solution - Radeon HD 6000 series - GV-R677SL-1GD
I don't have to have a silent one but something to best both of them would be preferable. I have up to $150 maximum. If I go with a Radeon card I have 3 Windows OS and Linux Mint 14 to reconfigure. Is it still a royal PIA to go from Nvidia drivers to AMD drivers? I don't want to have to do multiple reinstall of OS just for a slight increase in performance. Less noise is more important. I'll most likely be getting the card from New Egg then climbing around in the loft for the box to ship the bad card back in. When I get the card back repaired that will go in the Home Theater PC which uses on board at the moment.
Thanks in advance for your help and advice.

A:GT 9800 failing need replacement recommendations please

Indianatone, here is one in your price range

650 TI

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Recently, I got a message telling me to backup immediately because my hard drive was failing. I pulled out the portable hard drive to do a backup only to be rejected by windows backup at 57%.
The only conclusion I can reach is that the damaged portion of my hard drive is the bit that deals with copying files, because I've tried a manual backup too.
This really freaks me out because I have done some important work in the last month since my last backup that I do not want to lose.
Any help would be much appreciated! I feel like there is no solution to my problem but I really want to try!

A:Failing hard drives and failing backups

Hi and welcome to TSF this might be of help Free Backup Software: Paragon Backup & Recovery Free Edition - Overview

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So when I startup the computer, or any restart from an install, I get this message...
1170 Hard Drive detects immenent failure, F1 to boot, F10 to setup...
I just hit F1, and everything has worked thus far, but no telling how many more times I can bypass this thing with no f**kup...

Anyone have anything like this before??
Know how to fix it.

I have already run the scandisk util, with no success...

A:1170 Hard Drive Detects Imminent Failure, F1 to boot, F10 to Setup

First I`d back everything up,and then download some diagnostic tools,either from the maker of your HD or here-

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Hi! I'm wondering if anyone can help me.

On booting the computer the other day the S.M.A.R.T diagnostic program suddenly came on saying that a "hard drive failure may be imminent", when I open up Intel Matrix storage console it says that the hard drive in port 0 has had a S.M.A.R.T event recorded against it but the one in port. 2 is"normal".

Is port 0 the volume with the operating system on it and if so what would be the best way to back up the drive and does anyone know how to change the hard drive and how much approximatly would this cost ?.

Thanks for any help inadvance.

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In my opinion you should backup all data as fast as possible. In worst case you could the HDD could completely die and then you are not able to backup the data on it.

After this you should exchange the HDD. It?s depending on the HDD model that you buy how much it will cost but HDDs are not so expensive these days. I think it be possible to get one for 50 Euros.


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I keep getting this error message at boot up, have performed a back up and computer operating ok.  do i need to replace hard drive.  I have external hard drive I disconnected from the all in one due to another error message indicating windows detected hard disc problem WDC WD5000AAKX-6OU6AAO Volume:C:/D:/

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HDD - WD 7500BPKX model.

My 6 month WD - Black Drive all of a sudden started to fail. Got Win-7 error dialog box that an error has occurred and I need to back up data before HDD fails (something like that, not exact words). Intel SMART also fails.

Now I get only SMART failure and I go to Intel Rapid Storage and set the HDD to normal.

Called WD who are sending in a replacement.

I used Kari's tutorial to set my User Profile on another partition while installing Win-7
So System is on C:\;
VMs on D:\
User profiles to E:\.
Most important Data on F:\

I am trying to figure out the best way to clone this HDD to the new one that I'll be receiving shortly.

Any pointers/guidance would be highly appreciated.

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seems my linksys single port router is dropping connections and failing to update server?
comcast has checked line and new motorola 5100 and says problem it's not there.
I reset or power down the router and my connection comes back
so just for the #$$%% of it going to replace
anyone with cable setup and or comcast network needa decent router for under 100.00.
Thank You for your Opinions in advance

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SMC SMC7004VBR 10/100Mbps 4-Port Broadband Router (Recertified)
The SMCCable/DSL Broadband Router SMC7004VBR is the ideal networking solution for business users that are looking for a complete networking solution.

I have an SMC7008ABR 8-port from them, also recertified=refurbished (no longer stocked, were $34.99)
Works like a charm.

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As of late my PC has been going very slow, stuttering, freezing for a minute occasionally, and sometimes when I restart I get a disk read error that requires me to turn the PC off and on again. I ran check disk using command prompt, it got to 12% before it said it had found corrupt files, now it gets up to 37% verification before it finds corrupt files but cannot repair them.

I tried running system repair from the windows 7 disk, but it fails. I've used western digital to run tests on my hard drive, but there were no problems found.

dont know how to fix this now, i've been told its probably the hard drive failing but the scan says otherwise. I can really tell how it takes a lot longer to boot up, log in, even open internet browser takes a lot longer than before.

help appreciated

A:Check disk failing, disk read errors, blue screen, computer going slow

Are you running the Western Digital Data Lifeguard CD ISO (extract first) burned to CD using WIndows Image burner, then booted to run the Extended Scan? This should give you a definitive diagnosis of the HD, which appears from the Disk CHeck to be failing.

If the HD checks out I would do is try a perfect test Clean Reinstall to the same or another HD to know for sure.

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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.

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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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I've just built a new computer that has a 2nd hand HDD as the secondary drive. It was causing messages to appear like "Hard drive failure imminent - do you want to back up the drive". Since I was still setting up everything on the primary drive I disabled the messages by clicking "Do not show these messages again". Now I realise I should enable the message and remove the offending HDD. I'm running windows 8.1.

How do I re-enable these messages?

A:How to enable "Hard Drive Failure Imminent" messages

Hi chrisg42,

Any chance you unchecked this Maintenance Option in the Action Center. i can't say for sure but it might be worth checking. seems like it might be somehow tied to a periodic SMART check:

Action Center Messages - Turn On or Off in Windows 8

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my computer started this morning with a black screen that said
"SMART failure predicted on hard disk. 1720-S.M.A.R.T. hard drive detects imminent failure. back up contents of hard drive and run HDD self test in F2 to continue."

What do I do???? I need your help ASAP please please please!!!!

here is the hijack this log:
Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 1:29:12 PM, on 4/18/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI Control Panel\atiptaxx.exe
C:\Program Files\HPQ\One-Touch\OneTouch.EXE
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPLpr.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
C:\Program Files\Roxio\Easy CD Creator 6\DragToDisc\DrgToDsc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\UpdateService\issch.exe
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Distillr\Acrotray.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files\MSN Messenger\MsnMsgr.Exe
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A:"Hard drive detects imminent failure"

hello again, now it is posting that message everytime i start my computer. here is a more recent hijack this log:

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 9:02:48 AM, on 5/5/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI Control Panel\atiptaxx.exe
C:\Program Files\McGill NetConnect 2.0\ArubaService.exe
C:\Program Files\HPQ\One-Touch\OneTouch.EXE
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPLpr.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\ALUSchedulerSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
C:\Program Files\Roxio\Easy CD Creator 6\DragToDisc\DrgToDsc.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec AntiVirus\DefWatch.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\UpdateService\issch.exe
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Distillr\Acrotray.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
C:\Program Files\HPQ\Notebook Utilities\HPWirelessMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files\MSN Messenger\MsnMsgr.Exe
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everytime i start my computer a black screen comes up that says "hard drive detects imminent failure. 1720-S.M.A.R.T hard drive detects imminent failure, back up all contents, run an HDD self-test in F2". What do I do? it is running very slow and crashing a lot. please please please help ASAP!


A:"Hard drive detects imminent failure"

Hi Veronica,

I would suggest copying anything you value off of the hard drive right away. S.M.A.R.T. is short for "Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology" that is built into many hard disk drives. Your hard drive may be telling you that it may fail completely (as in total loss of all contents) at any time.

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Ok, here's the history of the problem.
I have 80GB Hard drive "Samsung sp0411c" and I am using it since two years with my old desktop system with this S.M.A.R.T error at the startup (BIOS).

I think there are some bad sectors involved at the last part of the HDD space. There were 4 partitions initially i.e. (C, D, E, & F). The problem started with partition F with following issues;

? Always took so long copying files into F
? System got stuck up when some file(s), folder(s) from F drive were opened and then automatic restart
? That time ran CHKDSK on F drive but in the middle of scanning it always restarted the PC automatically.
? Sometimes system restarted when I was copying some random data in the F partition.
? Whenever this restart thing happened, at the start up it displayed that there is no primary hard drive detected. Then eventually it came back live after 2-3 attempts (always).
? I also deleted the Partition F: and then recreated the partition but same problems persisted.

** Due to above issues I left the partition F as it was and used others like C,D & E but an year before the partition E started to do things same way F was doing and at that point F was not accessible with error popping (The disk is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?)

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A:HDD error "1720-SMART Hard Drive detects imminent failure Attribute failed: #83"

You can't "fix" bad sectors.

You can however, decide if it's worth spending anymore time on an old 80GB hard drive with bad sectors that can fail at any moment.
Whatever your time is worth to you, only you can decide.

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Well i was just cruising the web, watching a TV show online, normal like always, then there was a power outage. 20 minutes later when the power came back up i turned on the computer. Wasnt responding so restarted, eventually, after waiting 20 minutes at the start screen a message came on the screen. Reading at the bottem "Please back up your hard drive, failure is imminent", well, along those lines. Bottem line is its saying my hard drive failing is imminent. Is that true?

Should i do what it says and take my computer to the shop (im really short on cash). Iv got some inportant files on my computer though, that i cant lose. What should i do? Has this ever happend to you?

Also, iv got a spare 500GB HD thats not installed because the case is too small. Is there any way i can back up all my info on that if i have to?


A:"Hard Drive Failure Is Imminent"

When SMART tells you to start backing up, you better start backing up. You can buy an external enclosure pretty cheap, put the 500GB drive in an enclosure to back up your files.

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I have a T3600 with the onboard H310 controller. One disk is failing in raid 1 configuration. I can see it is ID 1 in controller bios but how to relate that to the physical location of disk?

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Hard disk type : Seagate SATA.
Model Number : ST3160215AS
Serial Number : 6RA1J7H0
Firmware Revision : 3.AAD

Mother Borad : Intel 945 GCCR

My hard disk has passed Short DST and failed Long DST of SeaTools, do the hard disk going to fail? If yes, how to transfer my data to a new hard disk easily?

Complete description of the issue :

1.I have experienced boot up issue with my PC 2 days back. My PC not even boot into safe mode also.I got the following blue screen errors on successive restart of PC .

A. 0x00000050 ( 0xC374037F, 0x00000000, 0x804FBA19, 0X00000000 )
B. STOP : C0000135 ( Unable to locate component )
c. 0x0000007E ( 0XC0000006, 0X80698C12, 0XF79896E4, 0XF79893E0 )

2. I have removed and replaced the hard disk ( several times ). I can boot into windows now and can work normally, But,one of the above Blue sreen errors is coming all of sudden while working on PC. It is happening independent of the application I am using.

3. And the following messages are coming at the XP welcome screen and while working on the PC.

A.C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\netloc.wlt has corrupted and unreadable. Perform CKDSK.
B.C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\APPFCONT.DAT has corrupted and unreadable. Perform CKDSK.
C.C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\idsflt.cfg.bck has corrupted and unreadable. Perform CKDSK.
D.Cagefile.sys has corrupted and unreadable. Perform CKDSK.

4.I have performed CHKDSK on all local drives exept local drive C. CHKDSK giving a message that " can no... Read more

A:My hard disk has passed Short DST and failed Long DST of SeaTools, do the hard disk g

In a Run box, enter "chkdsk /r"
You'll be asked if you want to run chkdsk at the next reboot. Enter "Y".
Reboot, and be prepared to wait, as it may take a long time.

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Hi guys,

I will try to explain this as simple as i can.So let's start
I have laptop ASUS N75SF and it is a year old,so i have decided to format.I have two separate hard disks that are the same brand,SeaGate 9500423 AS, each 500 gb capacity. Before i decided to format , one of my hard disks(that is my partition D) started to make strange noises and it was not recognized,but i was using my laptop without problems because my windows was installed on my other hard disk (that is my partition C).So now my question is this :
After i formatted them both i have no clue which one is which ? they are like :
Disk 0 Partition 1 465 gb
Disk 1 Partition 2 465 gb
So how do i choose the one that is better and not having problems to pust my winodows on?
I know that i can buy new one and replace it with the one that is having problems,but right now i have no money to do that .I am student

Thanks in advance

A:Confused about installing Windows on my hard disk,hard disk problem

I'm willing to bet that Disk 1 is the bad hard drive since the bad hard drive was the D: drive.

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I have an Asus laptop running windows 7 64 bit and this laptop came with 2 hard drives, each partitioned into two parts (C:\ & D:\ and E:\ & F:\).
I am transferring over 30GB of data from one drive (C:\) to the other (F:\)
Get this... the transfer rate is 1.2MB/s right now. Over 9 hours left to copy the 30GB. There are over 125,000 items but that still does not justify the 1.2MB/s
I am open to any suggestions but first, a few points.
Yes, I am sure they are two separate drives with those partitions.
Error checking showed zero errors on both drives.
This is the 3rd time I am trying a transfer.
Both drives are relatively empty (especially the F:\).
C:\ is my system disk.
The SMART data shows no read/write errors or overheating.
I have disabled the virus protection and all real-time scanning.
Again, I am very open to suggestions and checks. Feel free to post your idea!
Thanks in advance!

A:Laptop Hard Disk to Hard Disk transfer Extremely Slow

My experience with file transfers of the type you that the number of files doesn't matter...what matters is how large the files are.  Video files take much longer than text or document files.
Slow transfer rates between partitions/drives...can indicate a problem with either the partititon or the drive, IMO.
Please download MiniToolBox  , save it to your desktop and run it.
 Checkmark the following checkboxes:  List last 10 Event Viewer log  List Installed Programs  List Users, Partitions and Memory size.
 Click Go and paste the content into your next post.
 Also...please Publish a Snapshot using Speccy - , taking care to post the link of the snapshot in your next post.

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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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I have a friend in the business of recycle/disposal of computers, monitors etc. He showed me a pile of laptops that they have, each with the hard drive scrubbed and no MS CD to restore the software. These are pre-XP laptops, probably 4-6 years old.

He offered one to me but with no software restore CD. Has anyone ever been successful in obtaining a legitimate restore CD for such a laptop?

A:Has anyone gotten a MS replacement disk?

What is wrong with going out and buying a retail version of an Operating System. If you don't want to pay for Windows, download a version of Linux and run that.

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I am having this Hard Disk problem. My old Hard Disk (Samasung 500GB) (bought in 2010) started showing signs of corruption (like Windows doing chkdsk at every boot, and data getting lost). So I bought a NEW Hard Disk (Western Digital 1TB) last month (Sep 2016) to backup all the data from old one. I didn't have time to backup but wanted to use PC so I Clean Installed Windows 7 64bit on the New Western Digital 1TB and used it about a month without any problems.
A couple of days ago i decided to backup up the data. I reformatted the New Western Digital 1TB with Gparted and did a clean Windows 7 Install again. I connected the old Samsung 500GB to the motherboard and started copying the files to the new Western Digital 1TB.
Suddenly Windows showed me an error "Windows detected a hard disk problem" which makes sense because the Samsung 500GB is old and might be failing BUT the error is showing both of my Hard disk in the dialog box.
Is my new hard disk corrupt as well?
Why is Windows showing my new hard disk as failing?
Can Windows mistakenly show both hard disk in error?
Please help i am confused. sorry for a confusing question. i will answer anything required.
I have taken the screenshot of the error message, they are in attached files.
1)The 1st Screenshot shows both my Hard disk in the error box (OLD Samsung and NEW Western Digital WD)
2)The 2nd Screenshot shows only one of my Hard disk and its the new one (Western digital WD)

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What is the difference of 3.5 external hard disk (e.g. WD My Book) vs a 3.5 internal hard disk fixed into an enclosure to work like an external hard disk?

Are both good to be use as an external drive to store backup?

What 3.5 enclosure is good?


A:3.5 external hard disk vs 3.5 internal hard disk with enclosure?

What do you mean fixed into an enclosure to work like an external drive? Are you referring to a My Book 3.0 VIA USB 3.0.... vs.... an internal SATA III SSD or HDD? Be a little more specific.

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