What to do about a hard disk detects imminent failure message on a Compaq CPU?

Question

Each time I start the computer I receive the following warning:

1720-SMART Hard Drive detects imminent failure.

Your hard disk drive is detecting an imminent failure. To insure no data is lost, backup contents and replace this hard disk.

Attribute Failed: #10

I have to use the F1 key to go ahead and start windows. Is there something I can do to repair the hard drive rather than replacing it?

Answer

This question was answered on September 9, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

It looks like the Hard drive could possibly be defective Since it is a Compaq system,you would generally have a Diagnostics in the BIOS called as the IDE DPS self-test (F10->Storage->IDE DPS SELF TEST) If the Hard drive fails the test then it would be be best to replace the Hard drive without any delay Record the completion code You will need this if the system is still under warranty

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on September 9, 2003