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I got this message when I turned on my PC today.


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MattCharles

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This is just half the message but this is the part that scared me.
It said:

Primary Master Hard Disk S.M.A.R.T. Warning!
Immediate back-up your data and replace your hard disk drive


What is this message about? Is my hard drive about to die or something? I have all my stuff on my second hard drive so I am not worried about losing my stuff but why did I get this message? :)
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Might check and see if this utility gives you the same report:

HDD Health v3.3 Build 220 Beta (Last on list)

There is a possibility you have a dying HD. You might search the manufacturer's site and see if they have a HD Analyzer just for their HDs. Better theirs than a third part utility.

See a related GTG Topic.
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Click Here for manufacturers hd diagnostic tool. Running this will tell us if there is a problem with HD itself.
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Ummm, It says that my HD is 1% Healthy lol.
So I guess this is a problem huh? Ughhhh! When will I know if it shuts down or not?
If I do a system recovery would that help at all?
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You will know when it shuts down when you can not boot
Your second drive should be safe unless it is a partition on the first drive.
Advise you to replace the main drive soon as it is going to stop.

System recovery will do nothing for you as this is not a windows problem or a software problem. this is a hardware issue.
Replace the drive

Edited by rshaffer61, 13 April 2009 - 01:26 PM.

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You will know when it shuts down when you can not boot
Your second drive should be safe unless it is a partition on the first drive.
Advise you to replace the main drive soon as it is going to stop.

System recovery will do nothing for you as this is not a windows problem or a software problem. this is a hardware issue.
Replace the drive


when you said partition on the first drive, what does that mean? Like they are linked together?
I bought that drive and installed it myself. So it shouldn't be partitioned to the first one.
(I hope not lol)
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If you bought that drive and attached it as a slave, then it is not the one dying. The 2nd drive should be safe.
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Yes it is the slave and the health of that drive is 100%. Why are you saying "should" be safe? isn't it safe if it has nothing to do with my C Drive?
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By "should", I meant FOR SURE it is safe. You have nothing to worry about with the slave drive.
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By "should", I meant FOR SURE it is safe. You have nothing to worry about with the slave drive.


Oh lol. sorry about that. Yeah I am backing up everything else on that now as we speak.
I love my system though! It is sad I have to change to another one. :)

I have Windows XP on it, and my computer didn't come with CD's
How can I get a new HD and transfer the back up files from the D drive on to it so I can keep my system?
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D drive is not the issue.
The problem is the C drive
There is no need to backup D as those files are safe
Your problem is the OS system on C
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D drive is not the issue.
The problem is the C drive
There is no need to backup D as those files are safe
Your problem is the OS system on C


So I just have to get a new C Drive and I should be able to use my system again?
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yes, you will have to reload your OS and any programs you have but yes that will fix your problem.
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If you don't have any XP discs, you can call your manufacturer and ask for them.
They may cost from free to around 30$ depending on your manufacturer.
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If you don't have any XP discs, you can call your manufacturer and ask for them.
They may cost from free to around 30$ depending on your manufacturer.


That was my next question lol. But all the programs on my D Drive, the back up drive will be safe correct?
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