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#1 raja_tirupati



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Posted 04 March 2006 - 10:44 PM

hi all,

can any one help me in this regard. My problem is i am having a hard disk (seagate ST32132A) i formatte it to reload win98 but now iam unable to install windows in that its showing some error but its not visible just black small window appears. i attached to another sytem while booting its giving error SMART command failed. till now hard disk is working properly. how to rectify this problem.

pls help.


#2 Budman



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Posted 28 March 2006 - 12:26 PM

SMART is a monitoring tool to check the drive for problems.
The drive has failed, or will fail very soon. Replace the drive with a new one is my suggestion.

Info on S.M.A.R.T. technology

S.M.A.R.T. stands for Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology. S.M.A.R.T. technology was developed by a number of major hard disk drive manufacturers in a concerted effort to increase the reliability of drives. It is a technology that enables the PC to predict the future failure of hard disk drives. S.M.A.R.T. technology has become an industry standard for hard drive manufacturers.

Through the S.M.A.R.T. system, modern hard disk drives incorporate a suite of advanced diagnostics that monitor the internal operations of a drive and provide an early warning for many types of potential problems. When a potential problem is detected, the drive can be repaired or replaced before any data is lost or damaged.

The S.M.A.R.T. system monitors the drive for anything that might seem out of the ordinary, documents it, and analyzes the data. If it sees something that indicates a problem, it is capable of notifying the user (or system administrator). S.M.A.R.T. monitors disk performance, faulty sectors, recalibration, CRC errors, drive spin-up time, drive heads, distance between the heads and the disk platters, drive temperature, and characteristics of the media, motor and servomechanisms. The errors the system can detect can be predicted by a number of methods. Currently the SMART system can detect about 70% of all hard drive errors.

Here's an example: motor and/or bearing failure can be predicted by an increase in the drive spin-up time and the number of retries it takes to get the drive spinning at full speed. Or, if the drive notes that error correction is being needed excessively, it can attribute this to a broken drive head or surface contamination, and it will create an alert before the problem gets worse. Armed with a prediction of failure, the user or system administrator can make a backup copy of key data, replace a suspect device prior to data loss, and avoid undesired downtime.

Active SMART is industry-leading software for computers that use S.M.A.R.T. technology. It utilizes S.M.A.R.T. to monitor your hard drive health status and disk temperature, predict possible drive fail and prevent data loss. Download the free trial version of Active SMART and check out your hard drive now. Using your personal notification settings, Active SMART lets you know about a potential disk health problem before you lose valuable data.

Active SMART works on all Windows versions.
Active SMART is S.M.A.R.T. system compliant software.

#3 jacob


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Posted 05 May 2006 - 01:28 PM

ya wut he said

#4 continuum



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Posted 08 August 2006 - 07:24 PM

The best thing to do is to go to Seagates website and download Seatools (their diagnostic software) This will tell you if the drive is haviong major problems and if you need to RMA it.

Edited by continuum, 08 August 2006 - 07:25 PM.