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My computer recently presented me with a possibility that my hard drive is about to fail. On further investigation I found out that it was a S.M.A.R.T. status failure. I've got a WD hard drive, so I went and got their WE Diagnostics Tool. It confirmed the S.M.A.R.T. warning, but an extended test passed as you can see in this picture:

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I've read a bit about about S.M.A.R.T. and realized that my HDD can fail. This is not my primary computer thought and was recently formated, so it does not contain anything really important. It's a laptop and recently I've mostly used it to watch movies on my TV screen.

With that said I was wondering if I can disable the annoying warning BIOS shows at startup? I've looked in BIOS, but found no settings, it actually had really few settings. The laptop runs some version of Phoenix BIOS.

Oh, and as a side question. If I leave the disk in my laptop and it fails, can it damage any other components?

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Your disk has just some damaged cells on surface. It won't affect other components. –  oneat Jul 16 '11 at 11:02
    
As I thought. Thanks. –  gligoran Jul 16 '11 at 11:20

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There should be an option called Internal HDD. Go into it and at the very bottom there should be SMART Monitoring option that you can disable.

The good news:

137 Relocated Sector Sector Relocated. There may be repairable media errors on a platter. The automatic repair feature can attempt a repair if possible. You may need to rescan to ensure that the repairs were effective. Replace the drive if the error repeats.

I would recommend grabbing a copy of Hiren's Boot CD and try to repair.

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1) Sadly there is no such option in my BIOS. It's an Acer laptop, so maybe they limited the BIOS, as it doesn't even have the Advanced section. 2) That's really good news. I've downloaded Hiren's BootCD and it looks like a great bundle of stuff. I don't really know which tool to use, so I'm currently running HDAT2. Is that the correct tool for this? Oh, and BTW, where did you find the quoted text? –  gligoran Jul 16 '11 at 13:58
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support.wdc.com/techinfo/general/errorcodes.asp for the error codes. It is possible that there is no such option in your bios, so the only option would be to fix the drive. HDAT2 is a good option or you can try Western Digital Data Lifeguard Tools 1.22(also included on the cd) Good luck! :) –  Marcus Maxwell Jul 16 '11 at 14:18
    
Thanks, I'll try it when HDAT2 is finished. It seems it will be running for a couple of hours. BTW will I still have usable windows on my HDD after HDAT2 is done, or will I have to reinstall? –  gligoran Jul 16 '11 at 14:22
    
Your windows install should be fine. –  Marcus Maxwell Jul 16 '11 at 15:19
    
HDAT2 completed its run and found no bad sectors. I ran the WD Tools as well, but I found nothing I can do to repair the S.M.A.R.T. warning. Well I guess I'll just have to learn to live with it. Thanks for your help. –  gligoran Jul 16 '11 at 15:26

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