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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by surf64, Jan 17, 2002.

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  1. surf64

    surf64 Thread Starter

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    I have just upgraded my P.C with a new MOBO, CPU, Graphics and sound cards. Everything was going well but when I start up my P.C I get the following message in the boot up sequence;

    Pri Slave Hard Disk:S.M.A.R.T. Status BAD, Backup &Replace
    Press F1 to resume.

    When I press F1 it finishes its boot up and everything runs ok.
    I have had a look in the bios but can’t find any reference to S.M.A.R.T .
    The hard disk worked ok with my old motherboard and works fine when I’ve started up.
    The motherboard is a Gigabyte GA-71XE4 with an AMD 750chipset
    Can anyone help or tell me what this smart thing is and how to stop it running on my second hard drive.
    Cheers
    Surf64
     
  2. Hamill

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    Hi,
    SMART is a program in bios which can monitor your hard drive and warn you if it is having problems. How many hard drives do you have in your system? If you only have the one it should not be detecting it as primary slave. Make sure your jumpers are set to master if it is your primary hard drive. Also check in bios and make sure that you do not have the primary slave set to something if it does not exist. You can also disable SMART in bios if you want to see if that clears up your problem. Give us some more info on your pc if you still can not get it.
    Hamill
     
  3. surf64

    surf64 Thread Starter

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    Hi Hamill,
    Thanks for the reply
    PC spec :
    The motherboard is a Gigabyte GA-71XE4 with an AMD 750chipset
    CPU Athlon 750
    Maxtor5 15gig hd (master)
    Fujitsu 4.3 gig hd (slave)
    32mb tnt2 graphics (PCI)
    320mb sdram
    o/s win98 se

    I have checked the jumpers on the HD's and they are ok.
    I have had a look in bios but am not sure what to look for really.I've had a read of my mobo manual and it doesn't mention SMART anywhere.
    If you have any ideas or need any more info please let me know.
    Thanks for your help
    Surf64
     
  4. Hamill

    Hamill

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    Hi,
    In your bios under advanced bios features you should see:
    HDD SMART Capability, you can enable it and disable it.
    It is probaly detecting a real problem with your 4.3 gig hard drive.
    You may want to back up what you need off of that one. Run scan disk on it to look for errors.
    Good Luck,
    Hamill
     
  5. surf64

    surf64 Thread Starter

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    I have just run scandisk and it did find errors but fixed them all.
    I'm just defragging the drive now and will then restart to see if I still have the problem.
    I don't have an advanced bios setting :(
    so if the problem is still there I will have to put up with it until I can get a new hard drive
    Thanks for your help
    Surf64
     
  6. ~Candy~

    ~Candy~ Retired Administrator

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    Hi surf64, welcome to TSG.....

    Back up any important data you have on that drive ASAP.

    It's not a matter if it's going to fail.......it's a matter of when.......

    Check the hard drive's website by keying in the S/N on the drive. Most have 3 year warranties. You may get lucky.
     
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