My 4-year old Dell Studio laptop has recently being throwing up errors that it's hard disk is about to fail. It's failing the SMART test, which the BIOS tells me about, and then on boot windows does so again. I've run chkdsk across the drive and it shows no problem. Is there any further way of verifying that a catastrophic failure is indeed imminent?
The data is backed up. I ask becuase I'm on the cusp of buying a new laptop, which I was going to do in a month or so anyway but will have to bring forward if the HDD really is about to go under.
Thanks for that tool. Very useful. It's showing the disk as bad, so a new one is in order. Although I'm having a slightly hard time understanding the information it actually shows and would like to be able to get some sort of indication whether this disk is going to go under in hours, days, weeks - although I suspect it's impossible to determine that with precision I wonder if anyone could tell me the significance of the problems
I have not come across any such software and I suspect you would need engineering qualifications to understand most of the data shown. If you know the make of your hdd then check on their website to see if they have tools, most do, not that the info will be easier to understand.