primary master hard disk fail

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gencc3

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yeah, thats the error message i get when i start up my computer sometimes. It doesn't happen all of the time, mostly if the computer has been running and recently got turned off. My guess is that it has something to do with the fans in my computer but i have no idea. i opened my comp up recently and made sure the plugs were in all the way but i still get this error. this has been going on for many monthes (3-4 i think) so i'm not too concerned cause nothing's stopped working. can i fix this or should i get a new hard drive?
 

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You most likely do infact need a new hard drive. If you replace it soon enough you may be able to clone the old drive to the new hard drive with no data loss.
 
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Is this preceded by a S.M.A. R.T. warning or is it a message all by it self?
 

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the message comes up right after i push the power button. it gives me the one where it does a check of memory and each of the different devices (ie primary master, primary slave etc). It will detect all the devices i have and then look like its doing nothing for a moment. then it will come up with that error message. unfortunetly i haven't seen it recently so i can fully describe it.
 
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In the spirit of "look for a simple solution first", you would get this message if the Power to the HD was interupted, and 'perhaps' (?) if the signal cable was intermittently failing.

Try re-seating or switching cables.
 
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