it's given me a warning right off the bat that's making me uneasy.
While you can see a snapshot of the drive in question (self-timestamped) to help
you out at http://img.photobuck...-12_10_2008.jpg, here's the gist of things that may help you out.
* I'm running Windows XP Home SP3.
* The hard drive was installed a couple of years ago. However, the SMART log on the HD reports over 2 years of runtime (Over 17,700 hours, as screenshot states).
* The pagefile (aka swap file, virtual memory) is stored on a separated hard drive for performance reasons. However, it doesn't support SMART technology & could be in worse shape than this hard drive for all I know.
* I do maintainance (Disk Checks, Disk Defragmentation, ect.) about once a month. However, no warning signs have been noted in the process...
* I just started using Active@ (which uses SMART technology) to check the health of my HD, which it has given my primary HD a score of 69% (As screenshot shows). -- Hence my Concern
* The motherboard in the computer is roughly 10 years old. -- It's old, it's slow (by today's standard), but it's still very functional!
With that in mind, here are my questions.
1) How bad is my Hard Drive doing?
2) How urgent should I replace my Hard Drive?
3) How long can I use this Hard Drive (knowing it's current condition) before I start running into major issues?
4) Once I get a new Hard Drive installed, would you recommend using it as a secondary Hard Drive (knowing it's current condition) for file/archive storage & Page File holdings? -- I'd like to recycle it, if possible.
5) Any suggestions on a Replacement Hard Drive? (Optional)
Please keep your answers in a professional tone, but don't sugar-coat things as I want know if I should be cautious or go into a full panic here. Please try to answer all questions here to the best of your ability with the given information so I can make an informed plan of action.
If you need more information than this, I'll try to give it to you... within reason.
Thank you very much for taking the time to look into my problem.