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# 78861 9-Mar-2011 17:51
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My PC is a Compaq SR5520AN running Windows Vista SP2.
Over the last few hours i have had a warning message display advising me of a Hard Disk Failure.
It advises drive ST3160815AS ATA Device has a "Hard disk failure which is imminent, please back up your hard disk and have it replaced"

Is this a common detection for these PC's? Or generally does it mean the hard disk is very likely to fail quite quickly?

Any help would be much appreciated thanks.

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  # 447044 9-Mar-2011 18:22
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I have run diagnostics for the hard disk, both of the SMART tests have failed however the Seek and SCan tests have passed.

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  # 447062 9-Mar-2011 19:37
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Run www.HDSentinel.com and check what it says about your drive. No need to buy it, the (limited) evaluation never expires. I have not used the others, but this one gives you a lot of info.

Running a virus scanner? At work we have it set to scan every file every time it is accessed. Slows down the PC a lot and wears out the hard drive. Check that it is set to scan only once and/or only when writing.

At work I was told hard drives need to lay flat, not on their side. Don't know if this is true, but something to check.

Some Seagate drives were not very reliable. I think the 7200.10 was one of them but not sure right now. Search reviews and stuff before buying another drive.

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