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by Val_P / August 10, 2008 6:30 AM PDT

Hello Guys

On My Sony laptop I am getting error message when computer boot up.

Warning: Immediately back up your data and replace hard disk drive.
A Failure may be imminent

After I press F1 laptop starting normal and all working perfectly fine.
I understand that hard drive going bad and it can be gone some time soon , but for now there is any way I can stop this warning.
I heard it needs to be done from BIOS , I checked BIOS very carefully but I don't see any option which will allow me disable SMART FAILURE DETECTION.

Please let me know if there is any other way to stop this warning

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by Jimmy Greystone / August 10, 2008 6:37 AM PDT

Usually it's in the BIOS. Just look for S.M.A.R.T and make sure it's disabled.

I have to give Sony credit on this one however. Most PC vendors ship with this disabled, so the first sign of trouble for the user is when the drive dies and the computer won't boot. Then a recovery service is likely the only way to get any data off the drive.

And while you say you understand what the warning means, I don't think you understand that this warning means your drive could go at any time. It could be 10 days from now, it could be 10 minutes for now. So, until you've backed up everything you don't want to lose on that drive, I would refrain from using that system.

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by Val_P / August 10, 2008 7:01 AM PDT
In reply to: Usually

Jimmy Thanks for your reply

I don't really care about data at this moment, I do back up automatically twice per day, I checked again BIOS and there is nothing about SMART, any other suggestions.


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by mementh / August 10, 2008 11:25 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks

sometimes when this happens doing a disk check via a utility like spinrite can correct read errors.. which this MIGHT be...

if its anything else.. like hardwear failing then i would do the sensable thing and backup and replace ASAP

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by Jimmy Greystone / August 10, 2008 11:54 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks

Probably not if you can't find anything in the BIOS, but you can always take your chances asking HP. At this point, the worst that can happen is they're completely useless and you're no worse off.

Also, have you tried google? Something like "<laptop model> smart disable" might turn up something.

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