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Harddrive Imminent Failure; going to replace w/recovery cd's...

Q: Harddrive Imminent Failure; going to replace w/recovery cd's...

I have a HP Pavilion p6804 QP725AA that has been getting ever slower, to the point it takes more than an hour to boot up and each click of the mouse more than 20 minutes. Now I know why... Harddrive Imminent Failure warning has appeared. I am going to replace the harddrive. I am backing up what I can. I hope to use recovery cd's to start the new drive. My concern is that the recovery cd's were created on Windows7 when the computer was new (5 years ago). I did do the Win10 upgrade. Will Windows 10 remember this computer or am I going to have to pay for it now? And is it really as easy as just sticking in the Recovery CD once the drive has been changed out? Will the partition(s) be created, etc. or is there more to it? I do my own comp maintenance (simple stuff) like add a PCIe card, change out power supplies or bad dvr drive, even the fan in my laptop, but I have never done the hard drive. Any suggestion would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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Preferred Solution: Harddrive Imminent Failure; going to replace w/recovery cd's...

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)


I forgot to shut down my computer for a complete day and before i went to Florida my sister had shut it down, but by holding down the power button cause she doesn't know how to otherwise. Now, when i turn on the computer it says Hard drive imminent failure then it leaves the options "press f10 for computer setup and f1 for boot". If i hit f1 it starts up, but then once it loads it freezes. I have a feeling that i may have to reformat, but i can't seem to find my reformatting disk or the drivers disk. Are there any other options, or can i go about doing this without the disks?

A:It Says Harddrive Imminent Failure

Hi annabel and welcome to bleeping computer.

That message usually means that you have a bad sector on the hard drive or that it is going south. Can open in safe mode?

What make and model is your computer?

Edit: 07/18/07 Annabel has sent me a pm and I have requested that she post her questions here where she can get all of the staff resources and members to assist her.

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I have an HP G60 - 235WM system which has just had a hard-drive failure.Prior to the failure I attempted to create a recovery disk set but the processcanceled itself in the middle of file creation. Since then I ran a system recovery which appeared to work until the second day when upon bootup I received the imminent disk failure prompt and selecting ignor doesn't do a thing... I have purchased a new drive, but need access to a recovery disk set... I have subsequently purchased another laptop with WIN 8.1 ---- questions Can I create a recovery disk set with the WIN 8.1 that will allow me to recover the original software from the Vista system? or where can I obtain a recovery disk for the Vista system? Note: the failed harddrive can be accessed via USB but will not boot..  

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A:Harddrive Failure --- where to get recovery disks

Hi: You can call HP and see if they still have a set of Vista recovery disks for your model. If not you can get them from this vendor at the link below. http://www.computersurgeons.com/productdetails.aspx?ID=13223 You will not be able to use a recovery disk set you create on a different model PC.

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I recently had a very strong magnet. The magnet was then stuck (By a child) to my laptop. I then had errors on boot. I tried reinstalling Vista with the restore disk, but I recieved "Error - Cannot set temp path".

I today purchased a 250gb harddrive (a upgrade from my 120gb), and then Vista installed fine.

Now it runs fine, but I get bluescreens after random amounts of time, with errors involving a windows file. Unfortunately, I don't have the bluescreen error details at the moment. I have however uploaded the 3 minidumps from the 3 occasions.

Is it possible that another part of the computer was damaged by the magnet? Ram?



Minidump: http://rapidshare.com/files/196073665/minidump.rar

A:Magnet damaged my harddrive. Replace harddrive but now bluescreens? (with minidump)

hi have you tried running your av and malware progs to eliminate this as a possible

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My wife's laptop is having some issues, I just rebooted it and it said something to the effect that a hard disk failure is imminent and to back up the files right away. Does this mean what I think it means?

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I am receving an error message on one of my older compaqs. I think maybe the hard drive is going out but i wanted a second opinion. It seems about once a day i receive this message.





A:Imminent Failure

This could very well be the case. One way of finding this is that they normally make a horrible cluncking sound (the HDD that is) open up the machine and put the head of the screwdriver on the Hard drive then put the other end near your ear and conpare the noise to a normal HDD. Alternatively this could be a problem with the fan speed as I recently found out.
Hope this helps!!

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HP Pavilion a1600n Win10 desktop (Originally XP Media Center, upgraded to Win7, upgraded to Win10)
SAMSUNG SP2004C [Hard drive] (200.05 GB) Free space: 154.91 GB
8/30/16 during boot: Hard drive disk failure is imminent. Insert system disk & press Enter.
There isn?t a system disk.
Not that I expected it to work but I connected a Win10 USB recovery drive. Pressed enter: nothing.
Removed the Win10 USB recovery drive.
Another not expected to work item, I pressed CTRL-ALT-DEL, pressed Enter.
The computer restarted and booted into Windows without any problems and the system ran fine.
I ran Belarc and the hard drive SMART status report is Healthy.
I checked out whether or not to run error checking.
It reported you don?t need to scan this drive. We haven?t found any errors on this drive. You can still scan the drive for errors if you want.
So I left well enough alone. The computer belongs to a friend and I told him to use the computer and if the computer reports the Hard drive disk failure is imminent again even only once to call me.

I have an ST3160318AS [Hard drive] (160.04 GB) he can have.
It?s from my desktop computer with upgraded Win10 Pro on it which originally had Win7 Pro.
It ran fine - I replaced it with an SSD.

Since my friends computer is running fine again, I?d like to clone his 200 GB HDD to my 160 GB HDD if it isn?t illegal to do so. I have Belarc?s reported Win 10 key for each system.
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A:Possible HDD imminent failure & whether or not to clone

"...I?d like to clone his 200 GB HDD to my 160 GB HDD..." Technically, not going to happen. Now, if you elect to make a full image of said OS partition, and said partition's used byte-space is less than 150GB, that can happen. I lopped of 10GB off the count to allow for some minor future growth.

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I'm running a 233MMX with Win95 and lately been getting this error just as it starts to boot up "1720 Smart Harddrive detects imminent failure" then it prompts me to press F1 to boot up and everything boots up as normal from there. I ran a scandisc and no errors found. I dont want to reformat but was thinking of reloading Win95 over itself, anyone know how to do that as well? Thanks in advance for any help

A:Imminent Failure error

Backup anything important to you.......the drive is failing......not a matter of "IF" a matter of "WHEN" --- sooner rather than later.

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this is my first question ever on the forum, so I must appologize in advance for any inconviniences that I may cause...

The problem is next:

my laptop specs are: lenovo SL510 it has dual core proccessor 2.27GHz, 4Gb DDR3 RAM, 300 Gb HDD - type WDD....
i had dual boot installed, windows 7 ultimate x64 and ubuntu 11.10 x64
it worked perfectly for some time, almost two years,
a week ago windows started making problems, laptop was working to slow for its capabilities, hanging on starting windows, freezing very often, slow data transfer, so i decided to format windows,
after formating the windows I realized that this problem isn't softwer connected because my windows ultimate had the same problems after formating
i tried almost all windows 7 versions, even a version of xp but the problem was consistent,
i tried a couple of linux distros but the result was the same,
and then I got the "iminent hdd failure warning - press F1 to continue (although F1 doesn't seem to work)", the problem seems hopeless, my data is lost, laptop wont boot any live cd or usb...
I googled a little bit, but there is no definite solution, so if anyone had this kind of problem, help

A:HDD imminent failure warning

take out the hard drive, take it to the store with you and tell the salesperson that you need a dongle in order use this drive by external usb port to another computer. When you get home, assuming you have another computer that you can use thier, start the computer and after you are on your desktop plug the old drive using the dongle you just bought. With some luck it should connect just like a thumb drive would. If the drive has a clicking sound when it runs and you can connect to it remove all data as fast as you can, becuase it will not be running for much longer, make sure that you make a priority list and follow it.

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My Pc has two internal hard-drives with Win 7 Home Premium and all my programmes on a 120GB SSD (C and all my data on a 320GB HDD (D. I have images of C: on an external HDD and all data on D: regularly backed up, using SyncToy, to a second external HDD.
Having gained most of my knowledge of computing (relatively meagre) during Win XP days, I never took to the introduction of Libraries when I transferred to Win 7 and was pleased to find a programme which disabled them. I set up my own folder and file system on D: and have, for the past few years, found it much more to my liking.
Recently, especially when I open Windows Explorer, there is a one second or so buzz/rattle apparently from the HDD and advice I have received suggests the likelihood of drive failure. In any case, I really need to increase storage capacity so replacement is on the cards. My problem is that I do not know whether the disabling of Libraries would interfere with this process or can I simply swap out the D: drive and copy back the data from my external source. Can anyone advise please?

A:Possible imminent drive failure

You've got a similar setup to me.

I don't use libraries either, but I did NOT use a program to disable them. What program did you use?

I have no idea if your drive is actually failing, but I'd run the drive manufacturer's test tool. But even if it passes, drives can go bad with no warning at all. I had that happen 2 weeks ago--the drive simply decided not to spin after having performed perfectly for years.

You describe a "buzz/rattle", which could be anything, even a drive vibrating a bit as it spins in a loosened mount.

I'd be quite surprised if your disabling libraries would have any effect on your plan to copy back data from an external to a new replacement drive. A simply swap should work fine.

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I recently finished building a low budget gaming rig, after installing windows 7, the drivers for my hardware, doing updates...etc, my bios warned me that my hard drive's status is "BAD", I skipped this warning and booted into windows where I was informed that my hard drive could fail soon and I should back up. I should mention that I formerly used this drive in an external enclosure for almost two years before using it in my rig.

I backed up and ran crystal clear disk info (see results attached). What should my next course of action be? Could I have done something wrong in the building process to cause this?

A:Imminent disk failure?

The disk is going bad, to put it in simple terms.

It could continue for a while longer, but I would consider replacing it.

There might be an option that could repair the damage (I think), but I'm sure someone else will say if there is.

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I know this might have been covered somewhere and I'm just being lazy so please forgive if this is irritatingly repetitive, I know how it gets with this type thing.

I have an HP Pavilion (XP Pro SP 2) I've used for years but just ordered a new laptop so I decided to clean this off and allow my daughter to use it now that she's getting old enough to start using a computer. I saved a good number of the various files I needed to hold onto but not 100% when I started trying to get large programs that were slowing things down uninstalled and/or deleted via the Add or Remove programs in the control panel. Before I continue, I didn't restart with every prompt to do so, I selected restart later and continued. I know, dumb thing to do but I did.

When I DID restart, the computer went through the shut down and began to restart when I received a "Back up files, imminent failure detected" message (may not be verbatim but close) with the option of continuing or going into Setup. Going into setup takes me to the BIOS page (i have NO IDEA what that is though, chimps could probably operate a computer better than I do) and continuing sends me on through to Windows. I've done two system restores and the message continues to come up.

How do I fix this? I have a great deal saved but I didnt want to completely wipe it clean as I have music, pictures, and that sort of thing I'd like to leave. I only wanted to clean off various work and school items from the last few years that... Read more

A:Imminent Failure Message

When exactly does the message appear? On boot or only on shutdown? Does it appear before Windows loads, ex on a black screen with white text, etc?

It could be that the hard drive on the PC is failing, which if that is the case the best thing to do would be to make sure everything you want is backed up safe somewhere.


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So I got the message on bootup, but it appears to be too late, as I can't see any data on the drive (but XP still sees the drive). Scandisk won't run on it. Attempting to image the drive shows some bad sectors. Are there any other tools out there that might help me salvage something- or see what was there (not my computer)?

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maybe a week or two ago every time i start my computer it showed a black screen and said Hard Disk Failure iminent and have me to back back the hard disk and remove it.
Just today i start my computer and press F2 to continue the blue screen came up and now i can't go to the desktop and can't event use safe mode. I'm using another computer to open this thread.
What should I do???

A:Hard Disk Failure imminent

I would imagine I'd have heeded the graphic warning message generated by S.M.A.R.T... and backed up all my files, then run Spinpoint on the drive, or simply replaced it...

There is an old trick of placing a dying hard drive into a deep freeze overnight, which can enable some recovery of data the next morning - but that really only works for what are essentially mechanical errors and your drive may have had different issues

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I have a HP ENVY 810-170st, 24GB Ram, Windows 64 On boot, I'm receiving Intel's "imminent failure" message for my 16gb SSD disk cache.  My SSD shows up in File Explorer as: Recovery Image (D): The Intel RST application shows that disk data cache is enabled I see nothing about accelerate. It seems strange that I can read and write to this SSD (though I don't do so). Currently the properties show:     13.4GB USED    1.89GB FREE SPACE so it is totally maxed out.  I'm confused....apparently the disk has folders and partitions associated with Recovery...frankly I don't know if that was on the system when I received it, or if somehow I wrote to this disk when creating a recovery image in the past !?! I believe this is how I received the system. So it seems like maybe it isn't even working as a "disk cache" and more like a baby SSD, but what do I know except that it is failing.  FYI: I've just made a system recovery image on a flash drive and backed up all data to a USB drive. I realize that perhaps all I need to do is power off and install a new SSD disk cache and all will work fine, so here are my questions: Can I just install a new...say 60gb cache drive... to replace the failing one in the drive bay without having to somehow image the old SSD or save some kind of settings.Will the system just roll with it, meaning will my installed programs...MODO, Rhino, Zbrush, etc. just launch and run without problems?... Read more

A:SSD Disk Cache - Imminent Failure

Hi, I'll ask HP to escalate your issue since your PC is covered by warranty.  You paid for it so you should get the service.

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I bought a new biostar p4m00-m4 motherboard sockett is 478 and it runs a pentium 4 processor at 2.6 ghz. i had everything in stalled correctly and everyhting running smoothly until i went to update the bios with its flash utility. MIdway through the update power cut off and bam i was done for.... now the problem is when i boot everything cuts on except the monitor. it gets a signal but it goes in to power save mode...is there any suggestions any one can get me

A:Bios+Motherboard failure need imminent help

What power cut off. I have never seen a system board survive a BIOS update that was interrupted by by any power shutdown. We would be surprised if you can get that board back to a reliable working state. Call your dealer or BIOStar tech support if you fee BIOStar caused this BIOS update failure.

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Today I turned on my computer and on the bios screen read this:
Maxtor SMT37S0330AS: Hard disk failure is imminent.
Please back up your hard drive and have it replaced!
Note: Not sure that 'SMT37S0330AS' is correct, I wrote it down real quick.

So then I go and see if I can back up my data, but when I try to navigate to some folders it says this error:
<folder path here> is not accessible.

The request could not be preformed because of an I/O device error.
Some folders are accessible, but when I try to copy the files in them, to another hard drive, I get this error:
An unexpected error is preventing the operation. Make a note of his error code, which might be useful if you get addition help to resolve this problem:

Error 0x8007045D: The request could not be preformed because of an I/O device error.
So then I go and check my permissions on that file and it says that I only have 'Read & execute' and 'Read' permissions, so I go and try to enable full control. When I check the 'Full Control' box and click 'OK' and then 'Apply' to apply it, it gives me this error:
Unable to save permission changes on
<file name here>

The request could not be preformed because of an I/O device error.
So I go and check if I am an Administrator, so I go and click manage other user accounts, on the user account page, and I see that I really am an Administrator...

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A:Hard disk failure imminent.

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Yesterday evening I began running diagnostics on my computer because it was running slowly. I ran an option provided under my program menu which is titled PC tools. After 4 hours of testing (blue screen) which tested 5 items, my screen was then prompted to bios. It would not allow me to enter F1 for set up or F2 to continue. I made several attempts to re-start in safe mode, but my computer was frozen in bios. And stated hard disk imminent failure. Need to replace. Therefore, I turned my computer off for about 1/2 hour. Currently I am up and running, but am worried this will occur again at another horrible time. I run Windows XP Home Edition, I have a Compaq Presario AMD Processor 3500, with 1.79 GHz, 448mb of Ram.

I have since backed up my data onto my flash-drive, but with impending finals in 3 weeks I am very concerned......Any help would be greatly appreciated. Should I replace the hard drive, and if so any particular brand? Computer currently has samsung sp1604nr listed as its master drive. Or should I purchase a new pc tower? Also, the computer is only 13 months old, and is primarily used for work/school.

Please note, I am not a computer literate, but do know more than just the basic....Please us laymen's terms.

Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.

A:Hard Disk Imminent Failure

Test the hard drive. You can download a diagnostic tool from the manufacturer.

Since the problem went away, maybe you have overheating issues?

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I'm in Western Australia in the area hit by the big storms last week. We had a major 2 day power outage and a lot of surges etc when the power came back on.

Since the power has come back on, my computer hasn't been working properly. Firstly it started freezing up completely, CTRL ALT DEL wouldn't solve the problem so I had to use the reset switch. Then the scary stuff started happening. It wouldn't locate my Main Hard Drive during the start up process and I'd get an error message saying PRESS ANY KEY TO REBOOT. I"d reboot and the same thing would happen. I'd have to turn off the power and let cool down for a while before it would start up. Then it would fail to get past the windows start up screen, so I'd reset it again, Then it would start up properly and I could log in as normal. However it was excruciatingly slow and would take ages to open any programs etc.

Before this happened I'd installed the latest windows updates including IE7 which for some reason will not work properly on this computer. I've since uninstalled this upgrade, done a check disk, a clean disk, an adware scan, a virus scan and a spyware scan. But to no avail as it still crashed.

Today's plan was to baby it to life, get a hijack this log off it and post it on here to see if you guys can help me.

However on turning it on I got an error message saying that it had hung during the last start up due to an improper CPU Speed (which I've had a... Read more

A:Imminent Hard Drive Failure!!!!

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I'm getting this error after POST:
"170-smart Hard disk drive is detecting an imminent failure. To ensure no data loss backup contnents and replace this hard disk. attribute failed #5"
Is there anything I can do to fix this besides replacing the hard drive?

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I have been getting a number of different error messages and I am not sure if they are pointing to an imminent hardware failure or whether my machine is infected in some way.The problem can often be recreated when I try to run dvd's and I get the following error messages:D:\insufficient system resources exist to complete the requested serviceApplication failed to initialise properly 0xc000012dBlue screen after which computer restarts and the microsoft error report mentions a problem with antivirus softwareBlue screen after which computer restarts and a proble m with consistency is reported and fixedEnd program window with "CL RC engine3 dummy winidow" as a program titleAny help or guidance which avoids re-formatting would be much appreciated.Previously I had both Ad- aware and Spybot installed however Trend Micro customer support advised me to remove these and do a full removal and re-install of PC-Cillin Internet Security 2007 as there were known conflicts between the programs. Therefore I have not re-installed these programs as directed in your guidance as they will interfere with my antivirus software. I hope you understand my reasons for this.I have run hijackthis and have copied the log file below:Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 19:32:32, on 14/10/2007Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16544)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS ... Read more

A:Imminent Hardware Failure Or Infection?

Hello Mike,

Welcome to Bleeping Computer

Sorry about the delay. If you still need help, please post a new HijackThis log to make sure nothing has changed, and I'll be happy to look at it for you.


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What should I do if my Vista HE (32 bit)/I] says "Windows Has Detected An Imminent Hard Drive Failure - Back Up Your Files Now"?

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Running windows xp on an HP desktop a1025 computer. The computer would not boot. It did show a screen that said "hard drive failure imminent back up your files and replace hard drive". I got the files and then was told the mother board was bad. I was also told to replace the battery and it probably would work. I replaced the battery and the unit works perfectly. However, I am reluctant to trust that it will not actually fail. What do you think?

A:Imminent hard drive failure

See this:
Modern computer bios contain a technology called SMART (Self Monitoring Analysis & Reporting Technology) that interfaces with modern disk drives using the EIDE specification and contains a log of many hard disk working attributes. If you download the free DiskCheckup program from the Passmark website (http://www.passmark.com/products/diskcheckup.htm) it will read this log and report the attributes. This is a small program and downloads fast. It also does not have to be run until you want to read the log, so takes no system resources when it isn't running.

To check your hard drive:
- Start the DiskCheckup program.
- At the top of the program window you will find a ''Select Drive'' drop down list of your disk drives. Select the drive you want to check from that list and click on the ''Get Info'' button.
- The list in the top box will give you drive information, but this isn't what you need to see how the drive is doing. The bottom box will show you the SMART attributes and this is what you really should be looking at. Even thought some of the attributes may not be familiar to you, there is a column named ''Status'' that will tell you how the drive is doing. If it says "OK" on all the attributes your drive is working fine.Click to expand...

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Error Message : imminent disk failure WDC WD50 00AAKS-60Z1A  SCSI Disk device

A:getting messages about imminent disk failure

That is a good reason to try to save whatever data you can from the disk. Imminent means that it is going to fail. Don't wait and let it surprise you.. Replace it with a new one, perhaps even upgrade to an SSD and reinstall the operating system

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After several great years of use and reliability the HDD is apparently in its death throws. Unfortunately the HP support site is missing the link or something to ask HP support for answers to how to go about #1 replacing the OE drive with  a replacement  updrade option and #2 how to navigate the OS install and any possible MS OFFICE suites transfers. We do not know what recovery disks we need and for the past 2 months cannot complete a successful back up. #3 Our laptop came with WIN7 Home Premium and we upgraded to Win10 last month while it was still free. What information, equipment, and  resource support do I need to have to successfully replace the drive and keep our laptop alive?thank you,Bill  

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on boot up with an hp laptop with vista os I get hard drive failure imminent back up / and replace hard drive , but it won't complete boot up process. What can I do to rectify this problem?

A:Hard drive failure imminent

What part of the boot process does it stop at?
You can attempt to repair the operating system using a vista DVD. If you don't have any files on the system you should just replace the drive.

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I am suddenly getting a warning (in Win7 operation and at reboot)that one of my Hard Drives is about to fail. It is a 1TB Spinpoint 3 that I have had for about 3 years. I installed 'Hard Disk Sentinel' to check the information Windows is giving me, and this gives me the same basic report:

"Failure Predicted - Attribute: 1 Raw Read Error Rate, Errors occurred while reading raw data from a disk. Indicate problem with the disk surface or the read/write heads. There are 793 weak sectors found on the disk surface. They may be remapped any time in the later use of the disk. Replace hard disk immediately".

So I guess the information is reliable and I need to buy a new disc, right? Will re-formatting it and/or running DiskCheck (with recover bad sectors) help? Anything else I can do? Disk working Ok for now...

Assuming the answer is 'no', what would folks recommend as a good, not-too-expensive disc (available in the UK) to replace the failing one? Fortunately it's a disc I use just for backups, albeit important ones, not a disc with the O/S or similar on it. I thought these Samsung discs were supposed to be reliable...



A:Imminent Hard Drive Failure - Recommendations please?

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I was using my computer and all of a sudden it froze. It stayed like that and didn't do anything, but it was making some noises. It sounded like a clicking sound. I was hoping that it would come back to normal so that I could save what I was working on.

I turned the computer off. When I turned it back on, I got a black screen with a list of Pri master, 3rd master, usb mass storage devices and so on. At the bottom of the page, it says the model # of the hard drive with the following message:

"Hard disk failure is imminent.
Please back up your hard disk and have it replaced!

Press <F1> for Setup, <F2> to continue"

I would make a back up like it says, but I can't get it to boot up Windows (XP).

If I choose F2, it will say:

"reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key"

Is there anything that I can do to get it to boot up windows without losing any data and try to back it up?


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ok, I'll try to describe this the best I can

I have a Western digital HDD. When I start my computer it will tell me drive failure imminent, back up hard disk and have it replaced, F2 to continue. When I hit F2 I get a black screen and nothing happens. Now I've tried to put the HDD in my other computer (the one I'm using now) as a slave so I can run scan disk on it but heres the prob with that.

I start the second computer up, it does the IDE drive check and everything is fine, goes to the second load screen (where it shows bios info ect.) and stops on the WD HDD and won't do anything else.

thats the best I can explain it at this point. HELP!!!!

A:hard drive failure is imminent, won't boot

Hello and welcome to Techspot.

It sounds to me like your hard drive has already failed.

It might be possible to revive your hard drive just long enough for you to get your data off of it.

Take a look at this article HERE

I can`t guarantee that this will work, but it may be worth a try.

Regards Howard :wave: :wave:

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I am suddenly getting a warning that one of my Hard Drives is about to fail. It is a 1TB Spinpoint 3 that I have had for about 3 years. I installed 'Hard Disk Sentinel' to check the information Windows is giving me, and this gives me the same basic report:

"Failure Predicted - Attribute: 1 Raw Read Error Rate, Errors occurred while reading raw data from a disk. Indicate problem with the disk surface or the read/write heads. There are 793 weak sectors found on the disk surface. They may be remapped any time in the later use of the disk. Replace hard disk immediately".

So I guess the information is reliable and I need to buy a new disc, right? Will re-formatting it and/or running DiskCheck (with recover bad sectors) help? Anything else I can do?

Assuming the answer is 'no', what would folks recommend as a good, not-too-expensive disc (available in the UK) to replace the failing one? Fortunately it's a disc I use just for backups, albeit important ones, not a disc with the O/S or similar on it. I thought these Samsung discs were supposed to be reliable...



A:Imminent Hard Drive Failure - Recommendations please?

For backups I would always recommend a powered external HDD on the table top, which will never - as far as possible - never removed, and switched on only when backup is required. ( Look for an on-off switch on the drive, so that you need not connect and disconnect the drive to the PC every time to bring it into action )

(The reason is an internal drive will keep spinning all the time (needlessly) and thus reduce its lifetime and imminent early failure.)

Immediately backup all your files to the external drive.

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Hi Guys,

A noisy bearing type noise has started coming from my PC.

I thought it was one of the cooling fans, but I've checked all of those and they are all OK.

It must be coming from the Hard Drive (IDE).

1) Is there a test I can do to see if Drive Failure is imminent?

2) Can I put a spot of thin oil on the bearing to make it quieter?

3) If I have to replace the Drive, what software do I need to Copy the whole PC from one drive to another as I do not want to re-install everything.

4) Any recomendations on a new (IDE) Drive?

Looking forward to your comments.



TSG Info
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: AMD Sempron(tm) Processor 2600+, x86 Family 15 Model 44 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 1
RAM: 2046 Mb
Graphics Card: ALL-IN-WONDER RADEON 8500 DV (Microsoft Corporation), 64 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 76316 MB, Free - 34190 MB;
Motherboard: EPoX COMPUTER CO., LTD, K8M800 DDR: 8HMMI-A Series, 1.x,
Antivirus: None

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Although the TSG Info didn't pick it up, Norton Internet Security is running on this machine

A:Noisy Hard Drive - Imminent Failure ???

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I run Win 7 home on Lenovo Thinkpad. recently windows Lenovo diagnostic programme warne of "imminent hard drive failure". I ran SeaTools long test which also indicated disk failure. Then I ran windows chdsk. All went well till stage 4 of 5...checking file data -it has twice replaced bad clusters up till now - its been busy with stage 4 for the past 3 hours.....

One of the files affected according to chdsk is AgCx_SC1.db - is this a Trojan? Both Malwarebytes and MSE came up with a clean scan.

My question is : must I replace the HD or is there a virus lurking somewhere?

Your help would be appreciated

A:Solved: Imminent hard drive failure

If the lenovo diagnostic and seatools are indicating a disk failure I would suggest an immediate backup of as much as you can / need and replace the drive.

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American Megatrends
Hard Disk Failure is Imminent
Please back up hard disk and have it replaced!
Press F10 for Setup, Press F2 to Continue
My pc just recovered from Poweliks / Adclicker trojan with dc3's help.
Thread is here:
Speccy ran previously in that thread:
Computer is:
HP Pavilion m9000t
Windows Vista, SP2
NOTES: Some things that happened since Friday after using the computer and making sure things were working.
Installed Flash player update.  Norton Full System Scan ran late Friday night.  Everything normal.
Yahoo Toolbar showed up in IE9 out of the blue.  I did have it in add-ons but it was disabled permanently but I could only disable it temporarily.  When I tried to disable permanently, it said contact system administrator.  So I uninstalled it from Control Panel/Programs.
Sunday night I got a performance alert from Norton NIS about high usage problem and 176 actions performed.  I copied to notepad and from what I can remember it had something to do with Firefox cache/doomed files and I think they were deleted when I cleared Firefox cache.
I ran Malwarebytes scan Sunday night.  Normal.
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A:It's Me Again...American Megatrends Disk Failure Imminent

F10 will take you to BIOS setup. F2 will continue to boot to Windows. What is interesting is Speccy shows the SMART status as good.

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Hi guys and girls,
I?m not sure whether this is a hardware or a virus issue, so please push this thread elsewhere if necessary.
My laptop has recently started acting horribly! It takes about an hour to boot windows, and even then, it isn?t always fully booted. Typical windows icons in the corner by the clock don?t always load ? the network, volume, and battery icons, for instance - but this is the least of my worries. The hard drive is much noisier than it used to be. It isn?t making scary scratching or thunking noises, but it does sound a little like a typewriter while it is booting Windows. After Windows is loaded, it quiets down a bit. Also, for the first couple hours the computer is on, the hard drive light is on steadily. It will eventually flash on and off (normally) after I?ve been on the computer a while or restarted it from hibernation.
Because this computer is going on 3 years old and I tote it around and use it daily, I would imagine all of these problems point to imminent hard drive failure, but I wonder if it may be a virus issue that isn?t getting caught by my Norton 360 scans. All of these problems started after I accidently (and stupidly) downloaded some malware in an effort to help a coworker. I thought I cleared them away immediately, but this all started happening on the very next reboot. I've also done physical scans of the hard drive surface and no errors are turning up.
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A:Imminent hard drive failure or Virus?

Sounds like your pc is infected and you need to work on that. However you can also download the hard drive manufacture diagnostics and test the drive. I can't provide a link since you left out all info about your pc. When asking for support your pc specs and os version is customary to provide.

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Computer was slow today and shut itself down then restarted. Upon restart I got a black screen saying hard drive failure imminent, back up immediately but every time I try to open file explorer to transfer files to external hard drive it hangs and does nothing and I have to restart only to have the same problem. How do I backup without using file explorer? Can I do it when I enter in F10 mode?

A:Hard drive failure imminent but can't backup

That is a difficult call. When a hard disk goes, it just goes. You can't backup a hard disk from the BIOS. F10 is the BIOS. If you can't back it up with File Explorer there isn't much you can do. You could send it to a data recovery company which won't guarantee a recovery and spend lots of money. It is your choice. The issue you are facing is why I have a NAS on my home network.  

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 First, my apologies for trampling on another individual's drive test instructions.
I installed the GSmartControl package as instructed and ran the short self test which produced no errors/logs, and then ran the extended self test.  That test said it would take 2 hours to complete, but it was finished in a few minutes after 10%, with a "completed with read failure" result.  The error logs still say there is nothing wrong with it.
As a comparison I ran the same test on the Toshiba I'm typing from, which is older and has original hard drive and there are no errors on either the short or extended test.  So does the GSmart test mean indeed the Seagate in the HP is indeed failing?

A:Seagate Momentus 5400.6 imminent failure?

Hi NotAnEngineer If the GSmartControl test cannot complete, then there might be an issue with the drive and it could indeed by failing. You could always check the SMART attributes with Speccy (not that precise) or CrystalDiskInfo (the portable version without any ads).

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I am currently running Windows XP Home Edition on my PC (eMachines model T2240 - 2.2Mhz and 1.2 gigs of RAM). Anyway, about 2 weeks ago, I noticed that every once and a while, my PC would slow down to a crawl and take forever to respond. The only way I could solve the problem was to re-start the machine (Process Manager showing that the CPU was not being overworked).

Virus and spyware scans revealed nothing (save for the annoying tracking cookies which I removed) so I don't think it's malware. Thinking it might be the hard drive, I downloaded HDD Health v3.2 from http://www.panterasoft.com/ . I ran the program and it revealed that my main hard disk's health was at 0% but my older, smaller slave HD is 100% (temperature -1 for both which I found weird) and that failure is imminent.

I also ran chdisk afterwards and found nothing so my question is how concerned should I be? Perhaps the software isn't working correctly? If this is the case, then what could be the problem?


A:Solved: Hard Drive failure imminent?

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I receive the hard drive "imminent failure message" upon boot up.I bought a completely new hard drive,installed OP and still get same message.Updated the BIOS from HP site and still nothing..Where do I troubleshoot now,bad motherboard??Any ideas out there??

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Hi, this afternoon Windows started giving me repeated warning messages saying; "Windows detected a hard disk problem" and said that I should "Back up your files immediately to prevent information loss, and then contact the computer manufacturer to determine if you need to repair or replace the disk."  I also got a pop-up from the "Intel Rapid Storage Technology" saying my hard drive was at risk. When the system boots up it stops at the BIOS screen and says "Hard Drive Failure is imminent". Googling this issue makes me confused as to whether I've got a Hard Drive about to fail, or some sort of virus that I need to get rid of. I've backed up my files. I did a lengthy CHKDSK which revealed nothing. Norton 360 hasn't alerted me to any virus issues. Where do I go from here?  My equipment is; HPE-170a Pavilion Elite Desktop PC  http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?objectID=c01969875&lang=en&cc=us&taskI... OS: Windows 7 - 64 bit

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A:"Hard Drive Failure Imminent" messages?

Hard Drive failed. Replaced with WD 1TB and all is well again.

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My machine (HP G72) opens up to DOS instead of a Windows blue screen, and the DOS message(s) are “Imminent hard-drive failure.” Below that are options to test the start-up menu, hard-disc, etc., or press “enter to start-up.” After I press enter usually the Windows 7 blue screen appears and can enter my password and everything is fine (albeit a little slow) thereafter, but now the Internet freezes a lot, at least when I use the Google Browser, so I’m using the Explorer Browser right now, it’s not as slow; and it takes longer and longer for me to get to the blue screen, the DOS screen is also asking for me to install the operating system, and I just turn the computer off until when I press enter I finally get the windows blue screen again.

System Mechanic came with this computer and after it expired I started seeing trouble, so I downloaded the free version and it works on everything except the hard-drive because that is not free.

QUESTION: Should I pay for the $30.00 bucks to download the full System Mechanic software, will it help?

QUESTION: Also, I made a backup of the computer about 3 weeks ago, but there was a message the last disc was copied incorrectly and I didn’t have the heart to start the backup all over again because it took hours. Can I still use that backup except for the last disc?

A:Solved: Imminent hard-drive failure

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I'm looking to replace my hard drive, and understand that I will require my operating system cd that came with it - to install after replacing the hard drive. As my laptop is old - the cd is windows xp, and was upgraded to windows 7 free of charge in later years.After installation - will it be updated free of charge to windows 7 again?Or should I just bite the bullit and buy new? Thanks  


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A:Imminent Hard Drive Failure - HP Pavilion dv6

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I receive an error message while booting up - imminent hard drive failure

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So i went to turn on my desk top computer yesterday and it said:

Processor type: Intel(R) Core(TM) 17-3770 CPU @ 3.40GHz
Processor Speed: 3400MHz
L1/L2/L3 Cache Size: 64KBx4 / 256KBx4 / 8192KB
Memory Size: 12288 MB/ DDR3 /1600 MHz / Dual Channel
Channel A: XMM1 2048 MB / XMM2 4096 MB
Channel B: XMM3 2048 MB / XMM4 4096 MB
BIOS Revision/Date: v8.09 08/28/2012

1720-SMART Hard Drive detects imminent failure.
Failing Drive: SATAO
Failing Attribute: # B8

F1 : Boot
and if I hit F1, it says Prepairing Automatic Repair and then say

ERROR: No boot disk has been detected or the disk has failed

A:SMART Hard Drive detects imminent failure.

well, it is telling you the harddrive is dead...you will have to buy a new harddrive and reinstall windows
was it windows 10???
do u have a windows install disc??

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