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Old 04-14-10, 12:32 PM   #2
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Default Re: Hard drive reporting failure

This is a SMART message.
SMART is a protocol that stores and reports several parameters for a HDD. When some of those parameters pass a pre-defined limit, you will get those messages, as the drive is judge risky.

Although your drive could continue working for a long while, I would advise to follow the message and at least backup the data you have on it (anyway, it is ALWAYS a good idea to backup data on HDD). You can get software like speedfan to check the SMART parameters.

It could be as simple as a bad SATA cable and too many transmission error or a mounting number of bad sector. Never trusts HDDs to live too long anyway (although 3 months is awfully short). At worst, backup the data, test the drive with the seagate utility and if reported faulty, RMA it.
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