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How do I identify failing hard disk?

My event viewer says the following:

"The driver has detected that device \Device\Harddisk1\DR1 has predicted that it will fail.  Immediately back up your data and replace your hard disk drive. A failure  may be imminent."

I have  4 hard disks in my system.  When I go into disk management, I have disks: Disk 0 thru Disk 3.  I also have CD-ROM 0 (with no media).  

Since the Registry HiveList key refers to locations such as:
\Device\HarddiskVolume1\WINDOWS\system32\config\SAM

can I assume that \Device\Harddisk1\DR1 is my system (C) Drive?

Thanks.
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wantabe2Commented:
Be careful when troubleshooting this. Take a look at this to help determine which drive it is:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;159865
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DaveWWWAuthor Commented:
Thanks, but it doesn't seem to pertain to my OS or disks - I should have mentioned I'm using Windows XP Home, and the disks are SATA.  The registry keys Microsoft is referring to aren't in my registry.
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Jeff PerkinsOwnerCommented:
I would suggest, to make sure you get the right drive, download the free diagnostics from the hard drive manufacturer's web site, this will not only tell you which drive is failing, but give you the serial number of the drive so you can be sure you are getting the right one.  
HD1 should be the one that is plugged into sata port1, but no guarantees on that.
If you will give me the manufacture name/names of your hard drvies, I will get you link/links to the diag software.
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Em ManCommented:
Diagnose the Drive connected to Sata 1 from other machine.
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Em ManCommented:
oops... sorry riteheer. (he mentioned it already)
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rindiCommented:
Actually you'll find the manufacturer's diagnostic tools on the UBCD:

http://ultimatebootcd.com

If you enable SMART in your BIOS, you should get an error message about the drive that has tripped SMART. According to that you should know which physical disk it is. Then get a replacement HD and just clone the problem disk to the new one. After that replace them. That way it isn't necessary to know whether it is the OS disc or another. Just make sure you do this soon. SMART is usually preactive, that means you are warned before the disk actually fails and you have some time to act. The longer you wait the bigger the chances are that the disk will fail, and then cloning wouldn't be an option anymore, but rather a restore from the backups.

A good free tool you can use for cloning is CloneZilla which is included on the PartedMagic LiveCD:

http://partedmagic.com
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wantabe2Commented:
in that case I'd just back up my data on all drives & run scan disk on each disk to see if it reports any bad sectors. It sounds like you have some type of SMART HD system driver that monitors the HDs....Can you not look at the SMART HD system reports to see which HD is throwing the error?
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DaveWWWAuthor Commented:
Thanks!  Downloaded the utility and identified the drive.
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Jeff PerkinsOwnerCommented:
Awesome!  Thank you!
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