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Ok so when my room mates computer boots up it gives this error "Warning SMART detects imminent hard drive failure on primary master...back up data immediately and replace hard drive" or something to that effect. It happens just after it checks all the drives and pauses the computer. You can hit F1 though and it boots XP fine, everything works... The comp is older pIII 550 and the BIOS is Award v4.51pg. Anyone experienced anything like this? Is the warning legitimate?

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YES, the warning is legitimate, from my experience. Do what it says.

 

My old hdd lived just long enough to let me backup (most) of my data to my wife's comp (over network, burning cds was too slow) before it gave out. I had about 15 hours warning total, and by the end, the drive was running really slowly.

 

If you need to get some more life out of the drive, you can put it in a plastic bag (with a hole for an IDE cable) and put the drive on ice. This will sometimes help you get the last bit of data off the drive.

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Ok so when my room mates computer boots up it gives this error "Warning SMART detects imminent hard drive failure on primary master...back up data immediately and replace hard drive" or something to that effect. It happens just after it checks all the drives and pauses the computer. You can hit F1 though and it boots XP fine, everything works... The comp is older pIII 550 and the BIOS is Award v4.51pg. Anyone experienced anything like this? Is the warning legitimate?

Yep, I fix Gateway computers at work as well as copiers. We get those every now and then.

 

Back it up and REPLACE IT. (or RMA if you can)

Rob

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If you need to get some more life out of the drive, you can put it in a plastic bag (with a hole for an IDE cable) and put the drive on ice. This will sometimes help you get the last bit of data off the drive.

Are you for real? :huh::O

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If the spindle motor is giving out on the HD then the motor is usually burning itself up (time until failiure variable), so if the drive is put on ice the motor will run cooler prolonging life under the strain of backing up the ENTIRE drive.

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similar trick to that is to pull the drive out, put it in a plastic bag with a LITTE air as possible (suck the air out for best results), leave it in the freezer over night, then take it out 10-15 min before you plan on transfering files. 99% of the time this works very well for me.

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