Pri Master Hard Disk: S.M.A.R.T. Status BAD, Backup and Replace

Posted on 2005-05-06
Last Modified: 2011-08-18
I have a sata 160gb WD, why is this happening? do i have to replace my drive? its only 6 months old, and i have alot of importand stuff on this disk, will i need to replace it all? asking for a quick response since it may crash soon!!

Question by:leeds2k
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    I would reccommend that you immediately backup any important data on that drive.  The SMART status might be wrong, you should download the drive diagnostic from your drive manufacturer and run it to determine if the drive really is bad.
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    Hello Leeds2k,

    Yes, it does mean that your hard-drive will eventually fail.  I may happen tonight or it may not happen for a few months but the SMART capability has detected that the drive is going bad so it should be replaced as soon as possible.

    I recommend that you back-up your data AS SOON AS POSSIBLE using whatever means you have available.  Hopefully you have a CD or DVD burner on your system or access to a flash USB drive or other external storage.  If you do not have any of these, then purchase a new drive and install it as the secondary hard drive so you can copy the data from the first hard drive.  You will need to format the drive prior to using it and that can be done through Disk Management in the Administrative Tools componet in the Control Panel (assuming you are using Windows 2000 or XP here).

    Since your drive is only 6 months old it should still be under warranty, so you should send it back and get a replacement drive from the manufactuer.


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