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Hard drive error message at boot up

I have a customers Dell Inspiron 518 that gives me an error message at boot up. It says:

Notice - DRIVE SELF MONITORING SYSTEM has reported that a parameter has exceeded its normal operating range. Dell recommends that you back up your data regularly. A paraneter out of range may or may not indicate a potential hard drive problem.

Press F1 to continue, F2 to enter SETUP.

I have ran to automatically file system errors in check disk options. I didn't run the other option to "Scan for and automatically attempt recovery of bad sectors. I was at the customers house and it would take to long to do that.

After running that it still shows the error message.
Does anyone know what the error message means and how to fix it?

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OK, I have the UBCD already. I will look on it and see what it has on it to check the hard drive. Do you know what hard drive program the UBCD has on it.

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There is a variety of utils.  See http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/ and scroll down for all the hard disk manufacturer's software.
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Could you tell me what you mean by relevant hard disk utility. I don't know what test to run besides doing the test disk. But there are several options to choose from from there. Is there some other hard disk test on the UBCD that I should be running and if so what is the name of it?
I will run this test that seems like a surface scan and report the results tomorrow.
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Ok. I understand and saw that choices of hard disk manufactures to choose from.

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I just ran the short test and all I see is that it says that S.M.A.R.T.  has been tripped whatever that means.

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The hard drive is a Seagate Barracuda 500 gb and I choose the 1st Seagate that I saw. If there is more on the next pages i suppose I could look for something different.

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Try the long test now using the Seagate util.
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ok. check back when i wake up.
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If the disk passes then try GSmartControl (see http://gsmartcontrol.berlios.de/home/index.php/en/Home for more information) which is on the UBCD and see what it makes of the SMART data on your disk.  (Note that I've never used this util so you'll be flying solo).

See if it can identify the SMART data that has exceeded its value and post that back here.
Dell is known for often failing drives. Test the disk with Seagate tools suggested by nobus and if any problem during long test found replace the drive.
I have to send back once two Dell laptops because the drives started failing immediately after first run.
Agree with Nobus,replace the drive.
Those errors are telling you the drive is failing.
Do yourself a favor and follow his advice.
You're lucky it threw an error as I had Dells not err at all until I ran a Seagate diag.
even if you know the exact reason  of the smart error - you can't reset it
then 2 choices :
-live with the message (and be sure to backup the data on this drive)
-replace the drive, as said
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Thanks for all the quick responses. Just in time also. The drive crashed right after I backed up the hard drive. When I went to do the long test it only took a second and read 0 bytes from the drive.
glad you got the data