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Problem swapping hard drive

I built a new computer and wanted to put the HD from my old system into it. I have all the right connections, but the hard drive gives disk read failiure messages and S.M.A.R.T. errors in the new system.

When I put the drive back in my old pc it works like always.

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  • MAW74656 Jun 25, 2008

    Greeeeaaaaattttttt.

    I was hoping not to have to reinstall windows and stuff. I better get a new drive ASAP, I don't want to lose my data. Is a drive with smart errors reparable? or is it garbage?


  • MAW74656 Jun 25, 2008

    Is it possible that the new round IDE cable I bought is bad and that is what's causing these errors?

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Smart errors are telling you the drive you are inserting will fail soon. It has recorded errors that indicate that drive is no longer usable. The drive still may work right now. But there is no telling when it will bite the dust. It could be 2 hours, it could be 2 months. I would trash the drive with smart errors.

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  • F1forHelp Jun 25, 2008

    You cannot repair a drive that has smart errors. The cable has nothing to do with smart errors. Smart errors are mechanical problems inside of the drive.

  • F1forHelp Jun 25, 2008

    Ahh...I see why your confused. Your old computer either does not have smart error detecting capability when you start up or it is not activated. You can activate it in the bios IF it has that option.



    That is why you havent noticed this problem in your old computer before.

  • F1forHelp Jun 25, 2008

    You can verify exactly what smart error is detected by downloading Speedfan and checking the harddrive status option.



    http://www.almico.com/speedfan.php

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