Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology (SMART) can help save your data from an impending hard-drive failure.
But you need the right software to see and interpret the SMART warnings most hard drives provide. Fortunately, there’s free software to help.
SMART warnings, then total drive failure
Barrie Fairley suffered a fate no PC user wants to share.
- “I recently experienced a hard-drive (Maxtor SATA, 500GB) failure, revealed in a BIOS POST message as:
“4th Slave. Hard Disk: SMART Status BAD. Backup and Replace. Press F1 to resume.
“Because the disk was not always recognized, I thought it might be a cable-connection problem in my homebrew desktop. So I tried the following:
“1. I replaced the cable, cleaned the connection on the drive with alcohol and a swab, and changed the motherboard connection to SATA 5. That didn’t solve the problem.