View Full Version : Getting error message for hardrive, WHY?

08-22-04, 09:19 AM
I installed a new mother board and reinstalled windows but I keep getting this error message at the post:

Smart Faliure Predicted on Primary Master: Maxtor 53073H4

Warning: Imediatly backup data and replace hard disk drive.

Press F1 to continue or Del to enter setup.

If I hit F1 my computer boots fine and runs fine, why is it saying this?

08-22-04, 09:29 AM
Back up all your important data (it's usually a good idea to that anyway).

SMART: "Self-Monitoring Analysis Reporting Technology (hard drive feature; warns of problems before total failure)"

Something like SpeedFan (http://www.almico.com/speedfan.php) or Everest (http://www.lavalys.com/products/overview.php?pid=1&lang=en&pageid=1) can show which SMART test your drive is failing (if any).

08-22-04, 09:50 AM
If I buy a new hard drive will it work fine or could it be something with the motherboard?

08-22-04, 12:53 PM
Unlikely that it's the motherboard. Is your machine properly ventilated? It's possible the drive passed some preset temperature threshold which triggered that SMART report. If the machine is well ventilated then I'd have to assume the drive is just starting to get worn out and may develop serious problems.

08-22-04, 10:11 PM
It was just a bad harddrive I replaced it with an older one and it works fine.