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    My Name is.... TZ Veteran Stripe's Avatar
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    Hard drive Failure

    Anyone tell me more information on this:

    - 0510-AE: SMART Failure is predicted on IDE Device # 0
    Warning- Immediately back up your data and replace your hard drive. A failure may be imminent.

    Now I know that there's monitoring software, but is it built into the hard drive or in the bios?

    Also, do all drives have this built into them (is it some sort of standard)? And what kind of failures do they detect?

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    Friendly Neighborhood Super Moderator phishhead's Avatar
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    it just a warning telling you that your crap is about to be toast. did you run a chkdsk on the drive yet.



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    A good explanation of SMART can be found here (scroll down page)

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    Friendly Neighborhood Super Moderator phishhead's Avatar
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    hey stripe go here

    and download HDD health and it will tell you whats going on with your drives.



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    My Name is.... TZ Veteran Stripe's Avatar
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    No need for the HDD health status. I can sum it up in one word...

    DEAD!!! (as some may have noticed with my FTP down)...

    I was just wondering about how they did the SMART monitoring and wanted to know if it is included in all drives or specific drives.

    Thanks Reverend for the article...very good and informative.

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    Precision Processor Super Moderator egghead's Avatar
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    smartdrive in the bios of your motherboard has been correct for me

    when i started getting an error at boot about the drive i thought the drive was fine.
    one day windows slowed to a crawl
    i couldnt take any more so after a while of frustration i formated the thing using xp install disc

    the thing was even slower so i quit and rebooted and my drive just started ticking.

    sad sad story.

    how big is your drive?

    back up the drive and if its a maxtor get there utility disc to do a check. if it comes back faulty you will need to rma it if its still under warranty


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    Great Link Rev.
    I had an idea about SMART but that link was concise and easy to understand, yet complete.
    I am curious to know about Stripe and his drive

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    Well...Sad story...brings tears to my eyes.

    I had a Maxtor bigfoot (if anyone remembers, they are the 5"1/4 drives (yes, 5"1/4) that Maxtor made about 7~8 years ago Maxtor Bigfoot )) Yes you read that right, a whopping 4000rpm .

    Anyways, drive has server me faithfully for all these years. Well, lately, the computer would not want to wake from hibernate mode (well, who would). I would power it down and it would boot back up fine. Look in my admin alerts and no problems recorded. So I figured I (or my wife) made booboo and accidentally shut the computer down. Next thing that happened was a directory became unreadable. The error checking on the drive would not run both the "Auto fix errors" or the "Recover bad sectors" options simultaneously, but they could be run independently (I'm concerned here but not overly since neither check came up with problems). So finally, the other day, my computer would wake from hibernation the SECOND time in the day (first time that it happened twice in a day). After the second boot up I got the smart error.

    And that's the end of the story...unless you guys want to hear about installing the new drive and configuring and blah blah blah....

    So the drive is gone, I just thought the SMART warning was very interesting and wanted to learn more about it.

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    Succeded in braking Windo TZ Veteran Dehcbad25's Avatar
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    Actually is not so sad story. IF the drive is 7~8 years old, I think that you had squeeze akk that it had to give you.

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    I had a 40 gig drive and it lasted only month and a half!

    i still have it and the warrenty is still good!

    i am not sure why i dontsend it in but i heard if you send photograph through the mail they come back melted.


    thats another story.


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    Hard Drive Regenerator

    Something like this may help but be prepared for it to take a long time.

    Dmitrity Primochenko

    Filename: hddreg.exe, 1.86Mb
    Type: Shareware, $38.75

    Almost 60 % of all damaged by bad sectors hard drives have incorrectly magnetized disk surface. Our researches have been fruitful and we have found algorithm which is special sequence of high and low level signals. These signals are generated by the software and they switch damaged surface. Even low level formatting is not able to handle this task! HDD Regenerator regenerates bad sectors by magnetic reversal. If your hard drive is damaged by bad sectors, the disk not only becomes unfit for use, but also you risk to lose information stored on the disk. HDD Regenerator will regenerate your hard disk. As a result, not readable damaged information will be restored. With all this going on the existing information will not be affected!

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    Succeded in braking Windo TZ Veteran Dehcbad25's Avatar
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    Does this really works?

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    Triple Platinum Member Thor's Avatar
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    I've heard good reports on it but haven't tested it myself. Anyone with a dead/maimed drive they want to try it on?

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    Humm, I have 3 or 4 bad drives around work, I will see if I make a time to test them, but it could take a month before any test

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    Triple Platinum Member Thor's Avatar
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    From the scuttlebut it can take weeks to repair a hdd especially if you have many bad sectors. The suggestion is after using hdd regenerator a low level format might be in order and then everything is hunky dory.

    Another program for the hdd is Steve Gibsom's Spinrite at http://grc.com/spinrite.htm but I don't think it works with NTFS.

    Try it Dehcbad25. I'm sure everything on the forum will be interested in the outcome.
    Last edited by Thor; June 3rd, 2003 at 05:47 AM.

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