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Imminent hard disk failure disk 0


bumpkin
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Hi all, I was watching TV then switched the monitor back to PC which had been running OK. Just got a totally blank screen as if the monitor switched off. Rebooted the PC and got something like this, Imminent hard drive failure Disk 0 PATA #251 F10 run DPS self test. Test 1 said OK, test 2 would not start. Rebooted as normal.

Message may seem obvious but not something I have seen before. I have a backup so no real problem if it fails apart from replacing the drive. Should I just ignore it?

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rdave13

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bumpkin, I would think of problems ahead with the drive.

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bumpkin

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rdave, it certainly looks that way, no problem to change it anyway but I think I will keep as is for the moment just to see what happens. Thanks.

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rdave13

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That's what I would do. Results you show would be typical for an SSD drive as SMART is not applicable, totally, to those drives.

It's dying but if you run CHKDSK it will try to repair or hide bad sectors.

You could eke out more life out of it but will it be worth while?

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bumpkin

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rdave13, "You could eke out more life out of it but will it be worth while?" NO in a nutshell. Just want to see what it does as a matter of interest, I may learn something. Will change it anyway at the first sign of any problem.

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rdave13

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You've already had the first sign of any problems. Bin the bloody thing.

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Secret-Squirrel

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" What it says really is that all is OK apart from those that say unknown."

Those results are odd and inconclusive for a PATA drive so it's possible that the motherboard's BIOS is misinterpreting the data and giving a false positive.

I'm not completely sure that the drive is indeed about to fail imminently.

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bumpkin

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Secret-Squirrel, I too am no longer sure it about to fail as I have had no problems at all since replacing the CMOS battery. I cant see what relevance it has though. I can bin it and fit another one now but I see no reason to do this. If it fails I will replace it if not let it be. Thanks for your help, will tick as solved so probably be replacing it in the morning:-)

Ray

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