Is it typical to see under Disk Manager all partitions are "Healthy" but on BIOS boot screen the pc gives a SMART hard disk error saying hard drive is failing press F1 to continue. Is this telling me hard drive is dying and I should consider a hardware replace as no repair tool would work or extend the life? I don't know if that is something Spinrite or other online programs can fix? The video seems to suggest its on its way out but I don't hear clicking or notice any sluggish programs. Thanks guys, great job and I am a happy subscriber.
Troubleshooting Hard Drives Part 2
A SMART Error is usually a nice warning that lets you know the drive is indicating that a problem may exist or is symptomatic of a problem with the hardware or circuitry . The Windows OS is not checking for hardware issues but logical errors (i.e. Windows is able to see, recognize and even read and write from the drive). It doesn't indicate things like disks slowing down, electrical anomalies or mechanical failures until the drive can't report to the OS.
Even thought Spinrite does amazing things (and it does), I don't exactly understand how it works. So in a home environment as long as you have good backups, I would continue to use the drive until failure. In a business environment, I would use it to recover data but make sure that I replace the drive so I do not worry about future failure of the drive.
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