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1720-SMART HARD Drive detects immenent failure. What shall I Do?

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  • Anonymous Feb 22, 2009

    I get the 1720-smart hard drive detects imminent failure at start up on my laptop it says to back up contents of the hard drive and run HDD self test in f10 but when i try to do this it ask for a pass word.I recently purchased my laptop from an indivual which told me it was ready for setup & no passwords were needed what should i do

  • Anonymous Feb 27, 2009

    I have the same problem, I installed a brand new HDD same exact size and IDE. Loaded WinXP Home everything was great until I loaded SP3 and then received the same message. I uninstalled SP3 and the message went away. I updated the BIOS and reloaded SP3 and the same message returned. This is only day 5 on the brand new HDD and I did run the diagnostic from HDD manufacturer and detected 0 problems on the HDD. I believe the problem is with SMART and XP SP3. How can I get rid of the SMART in the BIOS?


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Sounds like your hard drive is about to pack up. You can disable SMART for your hard drive in your CMOS setup. which will allow you to boot up your pc. I suggest you back-up all your data as soon as possible before the hard drive fails completely.

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    Your proposal sounds good but how to back-up all the data.

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    You will have to purchase or borrow a second hard drive. This will be easier if it's a USB hard drive that plugs into a USB port on your PC. Once plugged in, simply browse for and select the files and documents you would like to back up, then copy and paste them to the USB hard drive for safer storage. Try to get hold of a third hard drive to replace your failing hard drive. Depending on how much data you need to back up, you may find that a standard USB flash drive will be sufficient for keeping a copy of your data.


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I get the 1720-smart hard drive detects imminent failure at start up on my laptop it says to back up contents of the hard drive and run HDD self test in f10 but when i try to do this it does responde at all

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But i am not understanding that how to do back up the contentsof hard drive and run hdd self test in f10

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