Is my hard drive about to fail ?

  SB23 19:20 09 Dec 2005
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Every now and again I go to my hard drive manufacturer's site to do a few little tests.This is my result,


Primary IDE Channel : ST380020A
Model: ST380020A
Serial Number:
Capacity: 80.02 GB
Test result: Self-test routine completed with a S.M.A.R.T. alert error!

The Drive Self-Test has determined that the drive may have one or more failing sectors. Please run SeaTools Desktop for additional information about this problem.
Any drive reporting a S.M.A.R.T. error should be considered likely to fail at any time. You should back up your data from any such drive as soon as possible. Contact your computer or hard drive vendor to obtain return information.

Obviously,I would like to know if this is as serious as it looks and sounds,and is there anything else I need to know,because as far as I can tell,I've had no symptoms to tie in with what I'm being told.....SB23(very worried)

  Freddog™ 19:25 09 Dec 2005

BACK UP ANY DATA.
Make sure you do just in case :D.

  SB23 19:29 09 Dec 2005

Sounds stupid,but what do I actually need to back up,and where do I go to get it?

  Freddog™ 19:30 09 Dec 2005

Back up any work that you don't want to lose.
Use CD's DVD's MP3 Players Memory Sticks ect.

  SB23 19:40 09 Dec 2005

Other than just the normal antivirus,firewall programs etc,everything is already on cd.
My course work is on floppy and cd,and that's it.Do I just sit and wait for my hd to fail.

  woodchip 20:03 09 Dec 2005

If you do not have all disc's Operating System and Software then you should Get Acronis True Image and make a Image of the drive to CD's or DVD You can then fit a new disc and reload the above in about

  woodchip 20:04 09 Dec 2005

If you do not have all disc's Operating System and Software then you should Get Acronis True Image and make a Image of the drive to CD's or DVD You can then fit a new disc and reload the above in about 15 minutes

  SB23 20:06 09 Dec 2005

Have just had a look at the report (another one),and it would appear that there's a bad sector,is it really all doom and gloom for my HD.

  absent 21:17 09 Dec 2005

For my opinion, all recent high capacity hard disk drives (all makes)have a limited lifespan. I have tried most makes and they all seem to fail after aprox two years. So I, as Woodchip also advises use Acronis true image. I create an image on another HDD, far simpler than CD`s or DVD`s.

  woodchip 21:22 09 Dec 2005

Do this, Double click "My Computer" right click C:\ drive Properties\Tools\Check Now it will have to reboot to scan the drive

  phono 21:27 09 Dec 2005

Have you downloaded and run SeaTools Desktop as Seagate recommend? Is your HD still under warranty?

Either way as already suggested, backup all data before it is too late, when a HD does decide to die it usually does so in a big way and will be unreadable except by a specialist company at an equally specialist cost.

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