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My Samsung HM160HI Hard Drive is Reporting a Smart Event and says it may critically fail, how do i fix this? Some Information That Might Help That Im Copying From My computer: - Status: SMART Event Device Port: 0 Device Port Location: Internal Current Serial ATA Transfer Mode: Generation 1 Model: Samsung HM160HI Serial Number: S18PJDNQ217737 Firmware: HH100-10 Native Command Queuing Support: No Size: 149 GB

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Here's my solution to the quiz "How do you bring a hard drive back to life?"
In order to make the best use of a drive that may be failing, one could take
the following steps:
1. Check the system to see if the drive will detect and boot up successfully. If so, skip to step 5 for
backup/data retrieval procedures.
2. If the drive is not detecting properly on the system, check to see if the problem can be solved in the
systems bios, by either manually reconfiguring the drive, or by autodetecting it. If this works, skip to 5.
3. If the drive simply will not work in that system, try putting it in another system that is working properly
with a similar hard drive (the same drive type and/or size if possible). If the drive works in this system,
but not in the original system, then perhaps the old system has more serious problems such as a bad
IDE controller.
4. Try booting up on the drive. If it will not boot properly, try FDISK or some other partition viewer to see
if it has valid partitions defined. If no valid partitions are defined, or if partitions are unformatted, then
the data may be lost. Try redefining to the exact same partitions that were known to exist before the
problems were encountered. If you have a working drive at this point, but no data, then it is likely that
data is gone. If irreplaceable data was lost, you can try bringing the drive to a hardware shop for
professional data retrieval.
5. If any of these attempts to revive the drive has succeeded, then immediately bring the system up and
back up any important files to another drive or to removable media. Run scandisk and/or any other
drive checking utilities. If serious problems are found with the drive, or if you have suspicion that the
drive will continue having more problems like this, then prepare to replace the drive. While you still
have a working system, make a complete backup if possible. Perhaps the entire drive image can still
be retrieved and copied onto the new drive, and no system re-install will be necessary.
From: Chris Heizmann
I. If the drive works intermittently and won’t boot to Windows:
1) Create

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I know its kinnda late for this answer on this thread (the hdd might have failed so far) but i can`t stay and leave stupid people post stupid solutions. it`s not about fdisk or some other windows or ide controller. first of all if you carefully read thhis user`s question you could see that it`s a SATA HDD, human !

i mean dude, leave track3801 alone with all that spam text.

the fact that his hdd is reporting an imminent failue. smart data said it all. first of all in order to advice people on what to do please, i mean damn please document yourself on what`s smart.

basically smart is a diagnostic system embeded in the hdd that records performance and unpleasant events. you don`t need any drivers for this, just download a software that can read it (i presonally reccoment cpuid`s pc wizzard, free application, just google for it).

please also wiki for smart as there are some events that prevent imminent drive failure. still ignore spinup retry if it`s on a laptop (the current case).

i really hope you were able to recover all your data,
ro0ter

Posted on Jan 07, 2011

  • ro0ter Jan 07, 2011

    i know its kinnda late for this answer on this thread (the hdd might have failed so far) but i can`t stay and leave stupid people post stupid solutions. it`s not about fdisk or some other windows or ide controller. first of all if you carefully read thhis user`s question you could see that it`s a SATA HDD, human !

    i mean dude, leave track3801 alone with all that spam text.

    the fact that his hdd is reporting an imminent failue. smart data said it all. first of all in order to advice people on what to do please, i mean damn please document yourself on what`s smart.

    basically smart is a diagnostic system embeded in the hdd that records performance and unpleasant events. you don`t need any drivers for this, just download a software that can read it (i presonally reccoment cpuid`s pc wizzard, free application, just google for it).

    please also wiki for smart as there are some events that prevent imminent drive failure. still ignore spinup retry if it`s on a laptop (the current case).

    i really hope you were able to recover all your data,
    ro0ter

  • ro0ter Jan 07, 2011

    administrator, fix your website and remove my duplicate answer.

    thanks

    ps: the bug is that if you enter the site and try to post a solution (not authenticated), you open login in a new tab and you log in, when you get back to the tab where you are not loggen in and click send solution you get the register screen but still your solution gets posted. so when you get back, reload the page to appear as logged in and REpaste the answer (if you were smart enough to copy it to clipboard) you`ll end up having 2 solutions for this.

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