"SMART hard drive has encountered iminent failure?

Question

When I turn on my computer a message comes up that states "SMART hard drive has encountered iminent failure." Is there anything I can do to fix this on my own?

Answer

This question was answered on May 24, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Perform clean boot to clarify if the problem is caused by your computer's environment (that is, by conflicting drivers, terminate-and-stay programs or other settings that are loaded at startup) To do so:

1 Click "Start" -> "Run" and type "msconfig", press Enter;

2 Under "General" tab choose "Selective startup" and unselect ?Load Startup Items? checkbox;

3 Reboot to see if the problem persists.

4 If the problem is gone go to Startup tab in msconfig and check one item to load and reboot.

Continue adding checked startup items until you will receive the error.

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Posted by Nyree of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on May 24, 2004