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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by sentme_mail, Jan 25, 2003.

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  1. sentme_mail

    sentme_mail Thread Starter

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    hi,
    i constantly see this warning message in my eventlog, does it really means that my HDD is failing?
    thanks

    Event Type: Warning
    Event Source: Disk
    Event Category: None
    Event ID: 52
    Date: 1/25/2003
    Time: 4:17:13 PM
    User: N/A
    Computer:
    Description:
    The driver has detected that device \Device\Harddisk0\DR0 has predicted that it will fail. Immediately back up your data and replace your hard disk drive. A failure may be imminent.
     
  2. cnm

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    This is a report from S.M.A.R.T. which is built into the drive electronics. Usuallly you don't get a warning until the disk is already dead, so you're lucky. :)

    By all means do a complete backup immediately. The warning might be premature but I wouldn't take a chance. After you have your backup then you can hope the HD lasts a while longer while you decide on a replacement.
     
  3. sentme_mail

    sentme_mail Thread Starter

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    how do i know whats wrong with the HDD?
     
  4. cnm

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    As I remember from my BIOS days, the S.M.A.R.T. is supposed to send a warning when the HD's store of spare sectors is almost used up. Don't remember if it monitors anything else.

    Way a modern HD works, when a data error occurs, that sector is mapped out and one of the spares is mapped in. The drive keeps track of how many spares have already been used.

    A suitable program can query S.M.A.R.T. but I don't know any details - as indicated above, the 2 disks I ever saw give a warning were already unusable.

    Maybe others can tell you more.
     
  5. JohnWill

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    Go to ADIA32 and download this free tool. It has a SMART interrogation section that will list your drives and the status. Here's one of my disks from the program display, it is formatted much better when the tabs are correctly spaced locally:

    [ Maxtor 96147H8 (N80DSSLC) ]

    01 Raw Read Error Rate 0 253 252 359572 OK: Always passing
    03 Spin Up Time 63 231 207 78 OK: Value is normal
    04 Start/Stop Count 0 253 253 428 OK: Always passing
    05 Reallocated Sector Count 63 253 253 0 OK: Value is normal
    06 Read Channel Margin 100 253 253 0 OK: Value is normal
    07 Seek Error Rate 0 253 252 98597 OK: Always passing
    08 Seek Time Performance 187 253 203 88720 OK: Value is normal
    09 Power-On Time Count 0 233 233 427973 OK: Always passing
    0A Spin Retry Count 223 253 252 71 OK: Value is normal
    0B Calibration Retry Count 223 253 252 60 OK: Value is normal
    0C Power Cycle Count 0 253 253 208 OK: Always passing
    C4 Reallocation Event Count 0 253 253 0 OK: Always passing
    C5 Current Pending Sector Count 0 253 253 0 OK: Always passing
    C6 Off-Line Uncorrectable Sector Count 0 253 253 0 OK: Always passing
    C7 Ultra ATA CRC Error Rate 0 199 198 29619 OK: Always passing
    C8 Write Error Rate 0 253 252 411960 OK: Always passing
    C9 <vendor-specific> 0 253 252 359572 OK: Always passing
    CA <vendor-specific> 0 253 252 359572 OK: Always passing
    CB <vendor-specific> 180 253 252 359572 OK: Value is normal
    CC <vendor-specific> 0 253 252 359572 OK: Always passing
    CD <vendor-specific> 0 253 252 359572 OK: Always passing
    CF <vendor-specific> 0 253 252 71 OK: Always passing
    D0 <vendor-specific> 0 253 252 71 OK: Always passing
    D1 <vendor-specific> 0 253 253 0 OK: Always passing
    60 <vendor-specific> 0 253 253 0 OK: Always passing
    61 <vendor-specific> 0 253 253 0 OK: Always passing
    62 <vendor-specific> 0 253 253 0 OK: Always passing
    63 <vendor-specific> 0 253 253 0 OK: Always passing
    64 <vendor-specific> 0 253 253 0 OK: Always passing
    65 <vendor-specific> 0 253 253 0 OK: Always passing
     
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