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Hard Drive imminent failure?


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dan7brit

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Hi,

I wonder if anyone can help. I have had a HP Pavilion A6411 desktop computer for the last 2 years. I have recently had the occurence where everytime I have powered it up it has went straight to DOS and informed me that: "Hard disk failure is imminent -back up Hard Disk and have it replaced!".

Now I have checked on my operating system (Windows Vista) through the Device Manager and it informs me that the HD device status is "working properly". I have checked with my Norton anti-virus and all is clear. I have used my HP diagnostic test tool and it reads as follows: Testing CPU = passed; Testing Memory = Passed; Testing device 4 (CD and DV drive) = passed; Testing Boot path = passed; Testing ST325031OAS SCSI disk (master hard drive) = "Error, Smart test failed on the drive" -Error code: BIOHD-7".

Any ideas what is happening? Thanks for your help.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S.M.A.R.T.

If you run the Seagate diagnostic utility from a bootable CD, you will very likely see SMART errors. I would shut the PC off and leave it off until I had replaced the hard drive.
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That message doesn't lie.
Back up your data BEFORE you do anything else, including manufacturer tests.
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You should also have some type of backup system that is backing up your data on a regular basis to another drive, CD, DVD, or on line.
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