Question about Acer Aspire 3680 Laptop
If your hard drive has reported a smart event then it will probably fail soon. The smart status is normally related to the health of the hard drive when there is a problem the SMART status will notify you. The best option is to backup everything and have an extra hard drive on hand to replace it when it does fail.
Posted on May 11, 2011
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
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:
Posted on Jul 19, 2009
smart event error message means the Hard Drive will soon crash, i would suggest to backup all your files, then replace the Hard Drive.
Posted on Oct 30, 2009
The smart software is useful in evaluating the performance of the hard drive, if you have sensitive data I recommend backing up the information on a external hard drive, or cd/dvd disc, or a memory stick, and consider replacing your hard drive in your laptop.
Posted on Jan 07, 2011
Tips for a great answer:
S.M.A.R.T. = Acronym for Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology you need to check your hard drive
S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology; sometimes written as SMART) is a monitoring system for computerhard disk drives to detect and report on various indicators of reliability, in the hope of anticipating failures.
When a failure is anticipated by S.M.A.R.T., the drive is typically replaced and returned to the manufacturer, who uses these failed drives to discover where faults lie and how to prevent them from recurring on the next generation of hard disk drives.
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