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3rd Master Hard Disk S.M.A.R.T. status bad


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JabLare

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Hi, when I restart my computer I get this screen that says the following:

Press Del to run Setup
Press F8 for BBS popup
PC2-5300 Dual Channel Interleaved
Initializing USB Controllers...Done
2048MB OK
USB Device(s): 1 Keyboard, 1 Mouse, 1 Hub
Auto-Detecting Pri Master..ATAPI CD-Rom
Auto-Detecting 3rd Master..IDE Hard Disk
Auto-Detecting 4th Master..Not Detected
Pri Master: _NEC DVD_RW ND-3550A 1.05
Ultra DMA Mode-2
3rd Master: ST3320620AS 3.AAD
Ultra DMA Mode-5, S.M.A.R.T. Capable and Status BAD

Auto Detecting USB Mass storage Devices
00 USB mass storage devices found and configured

3rd Master Hard Disk S.M.A.R.T. status BAD, backup and replace

Press F1 to continue..

Does this mean my Hard Drive is going to die? What should I do?
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Neil Jones

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SMART status is effectively the drive telling you it THINKS (key word) it's going to die soon.
SMART attributes vary from drive to drive, from manufacturer to manufacturer and from model to model. They are not 100% cast iron guarantee of the status of a drive.
A drive that says it's going to die soon may do so soon. It may last another three years. It may die tomorrow.
Keep regular back-ups of anything important so if the drive does die, you've got your stuff safe.
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Always backup your data with Paragon Drive Backup. You can search them on Google.
They are also free.:)
Also, you'll need to purchase a new hard drive every 2 years. I did this everytime, just to keep my computer in top shape.
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Always backup your data with Paragon Drive Backup. You can search them on Google.
They are also free.:)
Also, you'll need to purchase a new hard drive every 2 years. I did this everytime, just to keep my computer in top shape.


You do not *need* a new hard drive every two years. Most retail boxed drives come with five years warranty.
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