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Posted on 2010-09-04
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The error occures during boot and reads:

Diskette drive 0 seek failure
NOTICE - Hard Drive SELF MONITORING SYSTEM has reported that parameter has exceeded its normal operating range. Dell recommends that you backup your data regularly. A parameter may or may not indicate a potential hard.

Press F1 to continue, F2 to enter setup


Above is the error msg verbatim, the desktop is a Dell Inspiron 530s with better than 3\4 of the C:\ free and about half of the restore D:\ free. after the bootup completes the unit runs fine but gives another msg asking you to backup your data.
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by:rockiroads
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looks like smart is reporting a possible hard disk problem, upcoming failure.
it is recommended you try backup as much as you can.
Can you not boot at all or just get this message when you boot up
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fyi - info from dell which may help you in the future http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/op330/en/ug/tools.htm
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by:Andrew Fair
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Just get the msg when booting up, was able to backup all data.
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by:Andrew Fair
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As a footnote, there is no floppy drive or the standard Dell indicator\error lights on this particular unit.
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good thing you got your stuff backed up. smart tells you of a impending disk failure. if under warranty check with dell.
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by:Andrew Fair
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Just out of warranty by 4 months, will be replacing HDD, its a shame the client has no restore disks and needs the unit back pronto, thanks for your help.
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