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Re: smart failure predicted on hard disk toshiba...
This means your hard drive is bad or about to go bad and needs to be replaced. If you can still access the drive, immediately back up anything important to you. You will then need to replace the hard drive. Thanks and please take a moment to rate this solution with a fixya rating, even if the news isn't what you wanted to hear. Thanks! :c)
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It means that your hard drive is going to crash soon. If all of your important stuff is on there and you don't have an external hard driver or flash driver, shut down the computer until you do. Once you own another hard drive, boot back up and start the backing up process. There is a fantastic free backup program available here:
One trick I've found that works is placing the hard drive in a refrigerator for 30 mins before using it. This will extend it's life by at least 15 minutes.
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It means exactly what the message says. The hard drive is going to fail in the near future. I recommend you back up your data before the hard drive fails completely. When
the hard drive fails, replace the hard drive, and use your Compaq
recovery disk to install Windows and the device drivers plus your
programs to get the laptop working again.
This means that your laptop's motherboard has detected that the hard drive (where all of your data and operating system live) is operating outside of normal parameters. Hard drives are supposed to read/write/respond within specific parameters. If the drive stops operating within these parameters, it usually means that the drive is failing, and therefore your information should be backed up, and your drive should be replaced. Once you back up your data, you can contact HP support to get the hard drive replaced.
Solution #1 is grossly incorrect. The S.M.A.R.T. mechanism is software/application/drive content agnostic. It is a firmware-based predictive failure feature. If the S.M.A.R.T. test returns a certain bit, then the drive is degrading and in need of replacement. If the disk is under warranty, then it generally qualifies for free replacement. If it is not under warranty, then you can run diagnostics such as http://www.santools.com/smart/unix/manual which can sometimes identify the specifics. Sometimes the problem is transient, like the disk was powered on/off too many times in a short amount of time, or the temperature is too high.
It is highly unlikely that you will be able to fix this since it's a hardware problem on the hard drive. The drive may last for years or it may die tomorrow. At a minimum I would back up everything you care about on a regular basis.
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