When booting: Status bad, Backup and replace nfor slave disk

I installed a brand new 160 GB Maxtor as a slave disk. When I booted up everything looked fine. It formated fine (but took awhile) and after some fiddling in Win XP (service pack 2) the drive appeared, etc. The drive appears to be functioning perfectly.

However when I boot up now I get a message:  Pri Slave Hard Disk: S.M.A.R.T.  Status BAD, Backup and Replace (press f1 to resume)

All indications are in the device driver windows, etc that the disk is healthy and functioning.  I am inclinded to not really believe this message. 1) Could this message be bogus and why?  2) What is the best way to check my new HD and see if it is really about to collapse?  

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Make sure of the following:

1) One HDU is master
2) The other HDU is slave
you cant have 2 slaves, or 2 masters on 1 IDE line


Make sure BOTH have cable select (CS) jumpers enabled. You cant have one on CS, and the other on slave (or master).

Preferably, make your bootable HDU the Primary IDE lines Master (OR on CS, make it the harddrive at the END of the cable, not the middle, coz middle is slave)


HealthMapsAuthor Commented:
I downloaded the Maxtor app, the first test is about checking all the hardware
and that went OK until it gave for the attribute test (what is this?) "SMART attribute test failed"  
(I am doing a scan right now - takes a while)  
Is there a possibility that something is wrong with the installation after all?
The drive seems to be working perfectly (of course that may all chage when the scan is done)
I have the drive set up as master/slave.
I don't think the installation is the problem. Even though the drive seems to be working and it probably will for a long time. I wouldn't risk it because one part of the drive does not function correctly. It could lead to other mishaps. And besides you paid for a brand new drive. I would'nt want one that is working half way.
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