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Master hard disk s,m,a.r.t.status bad,backup and replace

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  • judy_colton Jun 02, 2008

    i have a laptop averatec.and it keeps coming up master hard disk s.m.a,r.t. status bad,backup and replace

  • cougar_girl Mar 05, 2009

    I have the same problem, except it will not let me get into windows. I need to so that I can get all of my information off of it. Can someone please tell me how to do this? It comes up with a BIOS screen but I don't know how to get past that and onto the computer. If I push escape it takes me to a screen that says Windows couldn't start normally. I try to start it but it won't do anything. Any advice would be appreciated.

    Thank you.



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Ultra dma mode-5 s.m.a.r.t capable and status ok

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When i turn on my computer shows that...SB Device(s): 4 Storage Devices
Auto-Detecting Pri Master ... IDE Hard Disk
Auto-Detecting sec Master . . . ATAPI cd-Rom
Auto-Detecting sec Slave . . . ATAPI CD-Rom
Pri Master: 15.05R15 WDC WD1200 AB - 22 DY AO
Ultra DMA Mode - 5, S.M.A.R.T. Capable and Status BAD
Sec Master: 0045 HL-DT-STDVD - ROM GD R8161B
Ultra DMA Mode - 2
Sec Slave: SP53 LITE - ON LTR - 4824 65
Ultra DMA Mode -2
Auto - Detecting USB Mass Storage Devices . .
Device # 01 USB configured
04 USB Mass Storage devices found and configured
Press <F1> to resume

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A failure message from the SMART system of this nature indicates that a catastrophic hard drive failure could be imminent. Without delay, back up ANY data you want to keep. This error isn't going to go away, and is being reported by the drive controller.

Whilever you can access the drive, move any data you want onto another media (such as DVD or external USB hard drive) because chances are it's not going to work much longer. You need to look at buying a new hard drive as soon as you possibly can, and migrating the data to it.

Files and Settings Transfer Wizard will be able to backup your data to another media.

Posted on Jun 02, 2008

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If you're confident enough, power-up and enter the BIOS. You need to find the reference to S.M.A.R.T and deselect it - then see if the hard drive will boot.

If it does, backup any important media before using Windows to check the disk. In XP open 'My Computer', right click on the drive, scroll down down and open 'Properties' > 'Tools' >'Check now'
and select both options before hitting 'Start'.

It's difficult to say whether the problem was software initiated or simply that the drive is shot.

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the hard drive is damaged. install a new hdd and connect the old one as a secondary so you can extract your files after you reload the new one.

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SOURCE: Computer will not boot up.

Sounds like you have a hard drive failure. Get your recovery disk out if you have one, install a new drive and reinstall. If you had not backed up your data you may be too late. There are services but they are expensive.

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