Microsoft Vaio Hard Disk Failure

  baz boy 00:08 02 Feb 04

I have bought a Microsft Vaio Laptop from the United States, but after about 5 months an error message started to appear when I start up the laptop. Here is the error message
'SMART Failure Predicted on Hard Disk 0:HITACHI_DK23EA-40-(PM)
WARNING: Immediately back-up your data and replace your hard disk drive. A failure may be imminent.
Press F1 to Continue'
I always press F1 and my laptop runs fine, I had not loaded any new software or hardware. Can anyone tell me what this message means and how to correct it.
Thank you for any help.

  DieSse 00:15 02 Feb 04

You correct it by replacing the hard drive.

SMART monitors the Hard Drive operating parameters, and if any fall outside tolerance, it gives you the warning. It's basically telling you that something is amiss, and you should change your drive now to prevent it failing when you really wuldn't like it.

All Hard Drive manufacturers accept SMART failures as proof of a faulty drive. And your system should still be under warranty.

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