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by s27fel / December 15, 2007 6:16 PM PST

Lately my PC displays a strange start up screen that says: "Pri Slave Hard Disk: S.M.A.R.T. Status BAD, backup & replace: Press F1 to resume." I follow instructions and the PC starts up as normal, however, I hear an alarming wind-up sound coming from the tower as if attempting to read a disc that isn't present. (I've checked the drives: nothing is in there). I have Windows XP Pro OS, have had the motherboard replaced and had an extra drive for my music & picture files installed in AUG 07, defragged and removed unnecessary files & software programs I no longer use in NOV 07, power my PC off whenever I'm done surfing the web, installed AVG anti-virus software (from this site) and haven't jammed either my DVD or CD burner drives. I have another PC that I plug up using all the same removable hardware and don't experience that same issue. Also, I've noticed that it runs maddeningly slower. Help! What did I do? I haven't visited "questionable" web sites or downloaded any "funky" stuff! I'm out of ideas... this community has been very helpful before and any advice would be greatly appreciated! : )

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Get a new drive
by Dango517 / December 15, 2007 6:56 PM PST
In reply to: Bad SLAVE!

You might wish to hurry.

There is software from most drive manufactures to test the drive. Find yours and test it.

I would suggest you replace it with the same make of hard drive installed on your computer currently. WD replace with WD, etc.

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what now?
by s27fel / December 16, 2007 11:23 AM PST
In reply to: Get a new drive

Since 5 am 16 Dec 07 my PC no longer makes that strange noise but now all my pics are gone! (they were stored on the F: drive). Aagh! I never even got time to properly troubleshoot it! I've re-started my PC & even restored the settings to last week without any luck. Any tips? Do I take it to a pro now?

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Drive F: ...that's the only place the PICs were stored ??
by VAPCMD / December 16, 2007 12:26 PM PST
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No backup ??


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Like I said "You might wish to hurry"
by Dango517 / December 16, 2007 12:36 PM PST
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still untracked

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by mementh / December 16, 2007 1:57 PM PST
In reply to: what now?


your hard drive is dieing.. you need to copy all the files over (or backup) imeditally and then you might be ok.

stop using the drive NOW!!!! and get a replacement for it..

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