10-31-2016 02:54 PM
The electronics on the disk-drive have 'S.M.A.R.T'.
SMART does real-time monitoring of many characteristics of the disk-drive, e.g.,
* how many milli-seconds from "off" to "ready",
* maximum temperature,
* number of hours of usage,
* number of "bad" sectors that have been mapped to some "spare" sectors,
* and so on.
So, a "SMART failure" is an indication that the "observed" values have exceeded the "normal" values, i.e., "out-of-range".
Take the notice as a warning that your disk-drive is "dying".
Google-search for 'download SPECCY free'.
Download, install, and run it, to look at all the measurements in the SMART categories.
Make a "backup" of your files/music/pictures/bookmarks onto an external disk-drive,
or buy a brand-new disk-drive, connect it, and "clone" your current disk-drive onto the new disk-drive,
and reconfigure your computer to boot from the new disk-drive.
Is your disk-drive relatively "new", e.g., less than 2 years old?
If so, it may still be warrantied by the manufacturer,
i.e., ship them your disk-drive, and they will ship you an *EMPTY* replacement drive.
You'll need to reinstall Windows, and reload your files from your "backup".