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What does it means when smart self short hdd failed?

by rockhori / June 20, 2012 4:50 AM PDT

Hi! I have a dell inspiron m5010 and it doesn't works so well,I recently run a test with dell's diagnostics,and it said the smart short self test failed,please help!

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Let's keep it simple.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 20, 2012 4:53 AM PDT

It's means that the HDD may fail later and it's giving you notice about this.

Only the less seasoned folk tend to second guess this and risk losing their files. Fixing it early allows us to avoid thousands of bucks at those data recovery services.

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Re: What does it means when smart self short hdd failed?

Hi rockhori,

My name is Amit, and I am from the Social Media and Community Team at Dell. Well, firstly SMART error means Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology, where computer runs a test on the hard drive and gives you an indication about the failure of the hard drive.
I agree with R. Proffitt and i recommend you to back up all the data and get the hard drive replaced.

Thanks and regards,
Certified Dell Social Media and Communities Professional

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