Receiving S.M.A.R.T. status bad backup and replace error.

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Receiving S.M.A.R.T. Status bad backup and replace error.Hard disk drive is bad or is going to fail soon

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Receiving S.M.A.R.T. status bad backup and replace error.


S.M.A.R.T is an abbreviation for Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology.

It is a diagnostic tool developed by IBM corp. To predict any hard disk failure and analyze it before it actually happens.

All of the big hard disk makes including WD,Seagate,Maxtor etc has included this technology in their hard drive so that the user get an alert that their drive is going to crash soon some time and that you must quickly backup all your important data.

This is very rare case but it happens.Here is what you can do.

  • Backup all your important and key information and contact the hard disk manufacturer for replacement or to seek any kind of help. Sometime there is a glitch in the SMART system and the company try to resolve it if you contact them without replacing the hard disk.
  • You can still be able to boot up from your hard drive and use it for your work but it is advised that you quickly backup all your data. And if it is still in warranty then consider it giving to manufacturer for RMA.
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Receiving S.M.A.R.T. status bad backup and replace error.


SMART stands for Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology. The SMART warning that appears in the BIOS screen when you are booting your computer is just a message to warn you of an imminent hardware failure on the part of the hard drive.

But this doesn’t mean that your hard drive is already broken or corrupted. This is just to inform you that any time you might experience a hard drive error or a hard drive failure and it is advised that you do frequent back-ups on all of your files.

SMART-enabled hard drives have the ability to internally monitor their own physical health and performance. Most SMART hard drives allow users to perform self-test on the disk and to monitor a number of performance and reliability attributes.

You cannot fix a failing hard drive but what you can do is prevent the failing clusters of the hard drive from being occupied by any files in the future. You need to do a disk check using any disk utility programs. Scan the hard drive for bad sectors.

If the tool detected a bad sector on the hard drive it will be marked as bad block and this prevents any programs from writing to this sector of the hard drive. If a hard drive starts having bad sectors or bad clusters, these are signs that it will eventually wear out soon so you need to have a replacement before it totally went down.

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