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Acer laptop hi there Im getting error message SMART FAILURE f1 button not reponding no other keys working!!! help

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Your hard drive is failing.

If there is important data on the drive, stop using it and take it to someone immediately to attempt data recovery.

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Smart failure.. bootmgr is missing..I have recovery discs but dvd player is not working

Yes, you can make USB boot drive. However main problem is the Smart... error. It is your hard drive. You need to fix that first! Try reseating the drive. Next go into BIOS by pressing F key during boot. Might be F2? Make sure BIOS recognizes the hard drive.

Once you get the drive going again, you can start the install / repair again. USB drive tool.

Oct 11, 2012 | PC Laptops

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My daughters c300 gets smart failture predicted says f1 screen goes blank please help

Hmm, I hope for you that my hunch turns out to be wrong. That S.M.A.R.T failure is related to the laptop's hard disk drive. And the failure is not just predicted to happen soon; it sounds like it is happening. Something is wrong with the hard drive, and that something is unlikely to go away.
When this appears, you should press the F1 key and hope Windows starts. If it does, do something ASAP to save any important documents your daughter might have on the computer. You might take it to a neighbor, friend, relative, or shop you trust and have them transfer those documents to, say, a USB key for temporary safekeeping. Then it's time to replace the hard drive inside with a new one (no, they're not extremely expensive), re-install Windows and other programs, and then transfer the documents back onto the PC.
If the laptop just stops working after pressing F1, it's perhaps too late. A more experienced PC technician can see if he/she can save those aforementioned documents or data from the misbehaving drive. Or if you daughter says, "Nah, there was nothing on there I need to recover," then you can skip straight to replacing the hard drive (and reinstalling everything).

Good luck!

Aug 08, 2011 | Acer PC Laptops

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My laptop doesnt turn on, says something about hard drive

You'll have to be a bit more specific about the error message.
If it says Invalid System Disk or NTLDR missing, you may be looking at a damaged booting sequence.
If it reports a SMART error and asks you to hit one of the Function keys (F1 or F10) then you're looking at a probable hard drive failure
There are many ways that can go wrong, but to determine exactly what it is, you'll need to explain how the laptop behaves and what the error message is. Also, see that you don't have any DVDs or USB sticks attached during bootup.

Dec 21, 2010 | Dell Inspiron 1100 Notebook

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Hi!im using a toshiba a210 laptop.i put it on some fews days ago it says "smart failure on hard disk 4-hitachi-(s1). warning:immediately back-up your data and replace your hard disk drive.a failure may...

Your drive is failing and you should back up any important data you need onto CD/DVD or an external USB device (hard drive/pen drive). The drive may keep working for a while but your system is warning you that it has detected a critical error with the drive and failure is imminent.

Jun 10, 2010 | Toshiba Satellite A215-S5822 Laptop

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Acer Aspire 5570 getting SMART failure error on HDD

Definitely a hard drive problem, you'll need to replace the drive and reinstall all the software.

Apr 04, 2010 | Acer TravelMate 507T Notebook

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Acer Aspire 5100: SMART Failure on Hard Disk 4

Hello there,

As per experience, SMART Utility will check your HDD for any errors that may occur.

I backed up everything and replaced a new HDD and got rid of the error.

Opened up the problematic HDD and noticed a very light scratch on its "platters".

As for me. Never ignore this warning before something might happen to your HDD and lost important data.

Mar 08, 2010 | Acer Aspire 5100 Notebook

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Well this error message means that the automatic drive checking software that runs all the time has detected that the drive is failing, either the electronics or the media. You need to backup any data to a DVD or external drive. The press F1, is so you can continue on and do so. You can burn/copy the data to DVD or copy to a USB hard Drive. Then you will need to get a new drive and reinstall your Operating System & data again.

Jan 29, 2010 | Acer Aspire 3680 Laptop

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When i boot up i get a message that my hard disk failure is immenent is there anyway to repair this problem

if you get a "Disk Controller Error" error messages that may occur before Windows XP or Windows 2000 is started. Imminent Hard Disk Failure This error may appear when the hard drive detects that it will fail or stop working sometime soon.
Backup Data Before Proceeding Although the notebook may continue to start Windows after displaying the message, it is advisable that you immediately backup your personal data from the PC by copying it to a Network Drive, CD, DVD or USB storage device. After completing the backup, use one of the following methods to resolve the error. Step 1: Test the Hard Drive Use the steps below to test the hard drive in a Notebook PC using the HP Hard Drive Self Test.
  1. Plug the AC Adapter into the Notebook PC.
  2. Press and hold the Power button for 5 Seconds to turn off the PC.
  3. Press and hold the F10 key while you press the Power button to turn on the PC. Release the F10 key after text is displayed on the screen of the PC.
  4. After the BIOS Setup Utility is displayed, use the Right Arrow key to select the Tools menu.
  5. Select Hard Drive Self Test
  6. Press the Enter key to start the test.
The Hard Drive Self Test will provide an Estimated test time . A Quick test, a Comprehensive test, and a SMART test will execute when the Enter key is pressed. If any test fails , order a replacement hard drive. If all of the tests pass, the hard drive is not damaged.

If all tests pass , press the power button to restart the PC. The error was most likely a result of a shock to the PC triggering a SMART error from the Hard Drive. Since the Notebook PC passed the Hard Drive Test, it is safe to use.

Mar 07, 2009 | Acer Aspire 3680 Laptop

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Connect your external CDROM to the laptop. I think it is a USB CDROM. Enter your bios setup. In the boot device section, try to find any option which says First Boot Device -> USB CDROM. If you can set this things then the computer will be able to boot from your external cdrom.

Nov 26, 2008 | Sony VAIO GRX550 Notebook

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ACER SMART failure

SMART means self monitoring and reporting tool, this is the option which performs certain test for the status of hard disk health, if its coming it means condition of your hard disk is not good, its better if you immediately back up your data and replace it, by the way you can also disable this warning through the bios, just disable the smart feature in hard disk

Nov 10, 2008 | Acer Aspire 3680 Laptop

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