ASUS A8V-MX "S.M.A.R.T." Hard Drive Error

Posted on 2006-03-31
Last Modified: 2008-01-09

For the second time on this motherboard, I have had a hard drive screw up because of a S.M.A.R.T. error. The first disks status was "BAD", but I have already returned that. The problem is my 160gb Seagate SATA. It has been working perfectly for the past 3 months, but I changed some BIOS videocard settings yesterday and when I restarted, I was given a "S.M.A.R.T." error (not "status bad", but "command failed". I restored BIOS defaults, yet it still does this.  When I run the BIOS setup it senses this hard drive in the drives list, but no other program does (i.e. Windows repair). I need help!
Question by:Noose215
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    smart is built into the hdd so i doubt making changes to video settings in the bios caused it, once you start getting warnings it means you need to replace the hdd if you keep having hdds go bad its usually the power supply.
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    You may have to format the drive with SMART turned off in the BIOS, this could be a problem with SATA drives.  Also, consider changing the drive type, say to an IBM Hitachi.  Some SATA controllers are simply not compatible with certain SATA drives, Western Digital used to be a big problem with early controllers.
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    you might want to check out ASTRA -

    It will create reports for you and also has a SMART viewer showing detailed information.

    Author Comment

    Well, the first drive that went bad on SMART was an IBM Deskstar, IDE interface. The one in question (it says it didn't go bad, but rather "command failed") is a SATA.
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    Any smart failure means the drive is failing, it may take longer to completly fail with some errors but is is going to fail. when you contact seagate and tell them your getting a smart error they shouldn't have a problem RMAing the drive. Its possible that the drives just went bad, but if the replacement dies in a short time i would suspect a bad power supply especially where the drive's were attached to different controllers.

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    Thanks everyone. I already had done the RMA, but I just wanted to know the problem so it doesn't happen to any further hard drives. I will get a new PSU, and hopefully the error won't happen again. It is kind of funny, being my little brother's computer, that he couldn't play his "World of Warcraft" for a week or so while waiting for his drive!

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