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Seagate 100GB Hard Drive for notebook SMART failure

I bought a Seagate 100GB hard drive at Best Buy in Mansfield, TX. I paid the Geek squad over $500.00 to put a new hard drive and now two yrs later the computer says:

SMART failure predicted on Hard Disk 0:ST9100824A-(PM)
Warning: Immediately back up your data and replace your hard disk drive. A failure may be imminent. Press F1 to continue

What can you do to help me? I can not afford another $500.00

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  • PattyVJ May 28, 2008

    The hard drive died completely, the computer won't go any further than the message I posted. I have ordered a new hard drive for the laptop on a different company for $65.00 I'm getting a 120GB. Now that it's affordable to me. Thanks anyway! PattyVJ

  • stjepanovic Jan 26, 2009

    However, after receiving this error the drive worked fine. I ran diagnostic, no problem. Does it mean it's still dying? Am I correct?
    However every time I start up the Same message Warning .... Press F1
    appears

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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.

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This error generally means the hard drive is dying, and needs replaced. There is very little you can do. $500 is very expensive for hard drives, considering a 320GB drive will only cost around £80 (approx $160).

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First try virus scan/remove. Most computer users wish they could get an early prediction like that !!! Try to optimise computer, remove needless junk. By the way, 100gb hard disk drive prices crashed over the last two years.

Posted on May 25, 2008

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