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Old 08-19-2004, 05:34 PM   #1
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SMART Failure Predicted


Every time I start up or reboot my computer i get this warning :

SMART Failure Predicted on Primary Master : Maxtor 4D080H4

Im guessing thats bad. Should i think about replacing the hard drive, or is there a soft

modification i can do for it? I've been getting this for a while now ( 2+ Months).
 
Old 08-19-2004, 05:40 PM   #2
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From Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (Version 1.9, June 2002) [vera]:

SMART
Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology (HDD, IDE, Conner,
IBM, Quantum, Seagate, WD), "S.M.A.R.T."
SMART failure generally means that your HD fails in 24 hours. You are lucky to be running it over two months. Backup all data and return your HD to the shop if there is warranty left.
If not, just get a new one.
 
Old 08-19-2004, 05:56 PM   #3
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Haha, 24 hours? Wow, this has been going for well over 2 months, more like a year or so. Thanks, i figured i had to get a

new one, just wanted to clear it with someone. Would this create a loss of overall speed on the internet and on

programs? Also, is there anything i should worry about when putting the new harddrive in, or do i just go in there

carefully, unplug the old one and plug the new one in the same way? It's not that old of a computer, around 3 years, so i

wouldn't think there would be compability issues..

And no, there isn't any warranty left on the hd.
 
Old 08-20-2004, 07:40 AM   #4
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If you are specially interested what is wrong with the HD, you can use smartctl (eg. smartctl -a /dev/hda) from smartmontools package to get exact results. Bios only says that when the general health test fails.

When setting a new HD, there is probably no any issues. There are some problems overcoming the 137GB barrier (as there were 512MB, 4GB and 8GB barriers).
 
Old 08-20-2004, 08:33 AM   #5
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Originally posted by ToniT
If you are specially interested what is wrong with the HD, you can use smartctl (eg. smartctl -a /dev/hda) from smartmontools package to get exact results. Bios only says that when the general health test fails.

When setting a new HD, there is probably no any issues. There are some problems overcoming the 137GB barrier (as there were 512MB, 4GB and 8GB barriers).
Not to be a smart ass if you will pardon the pun but you left out 2gb, 32gb and 64gb. To NewbGhostShells go to this link on the maxtor web site and get the powermax utility then run it to see if it has problems for one and if the utility can fix it. I have the same drive in another machine here and had a similar problem running the utility fixed it.

http://www.maxtor.com/portal/site/Ma...&downloadID=22
 
Old 08-20-2004, 04:30 PM   #6
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HappyTux, I can't run that utility from linux, it's an exe file, and i dont dual-boot.
 
Old 08-20-2004, 05:19 PM   #7
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HappyTux, I can't run that utility from linux, it's an exe file, and i dont dual-boot.
Your not the only one I had to go to a friends house and use his computer to get it and make the boot floppy so I could use it. If you can not do this then you can get the file here it is the bootable floppy that I made an image of with dd so all you have to do is as root once downloaded is dd if=powermax-4.09.img of=/dev/fd0 and it will write the file to a floppy in the drive then boot and run the diagnostics.
 
  


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