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After connecting the Logitech harmony remote to my Sony vaio, it crashed and said "failure predicted on hard disk"
about to fail
This warning means the hard disk will fail sometime in the near future. You need to back up your data regularly before the hard disk fails or you will lose your data.
When the hard disk fails, you need to replace with a new one and install Windows on the new hard drive to get your laptop working again.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: Error message at startup !!
SMART stands for Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology.
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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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Posted on Dec 31, 2007
that will be expensive. i just went to microcenter and asked them, they said many hundreds of dollars just to look at it, then like 1600 for the cheapest recovery...
1. stop using it immediately. (after an error like that, you may have only minutes of life left on it)
2. get a 25 dollar external enclosure to put the drive into. If it's IDE make sure you get an IDE enclosure, if SATA, get SATA compat. external enclosure.
3. get another computer, o rgo to a friends house, etc, and try to read your data on their computer after plugging in your hard drive inside the external enclosure.
4. if you can see it, rush like mad to copy the data thats important to your friends computer before the drive is 100% dead.
microcenter and similar stores have external hard drives at $129 dollars for a terabyte. BUY ONE! :-)
PS: rumors go around that if you freeze the hard drive in your freezer for an hour, it helps get the data off, dont know if this is in fact true. Once the drive is dead, it's dead. You cant do much about it unless youre willing to part with a lot of money.
Posted on Feb 02, 2009
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)
Posted on Feb 14, 2009
Yes usually that error means that the hard drive is telling the controller card that there are some problems with the drive.
Although the drive may still work, it is highly recommended to replace it with a new drive.
I would replace the drive but keep the old drive just in case, after re-installing Vista you find that there is additional data you did not backup or remember to backup.
Just replace the drive, and if it's a Dell laptop, use the Dell Vista reinstallation DVD, and it will not ask for a keycode to reinstall.
May also want to go to another computer and go to support.dell.com and click Drivers and Downloads. Type the service tag and go ahead and download all drivers needed (i.e. network card, sound card, etc.) so after you reinstall Vista, if there are any drivers missing you will be ready to install them.
Hope this helps.
Posted on Jul 03, 2009
Do the backup most certainly, but you may well find that the hard disc runs for years yet. This fault is often caused by the spin up speed, which though it is supposed to be relative to the life of the hard drive, in practice it is not.
Posted on Aug 07, 2009
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