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03-21-2009 09:47 AM
I bought my HP dv7t notebook PC from HP in December 2008. Recently in February this year during one of the booting sessions the following message was displayed on a black screen:
The SMART hard disk check has detected an imminent failure. To ensure no data loss, please backup the content immediately and run the Hard Disk Test in System Diagnostics.
I have run the Hard Disk Test in System Diagnostics several times and the Hard Disk has passed the test each time, indicating that there is no problem with the disk, according to HP Customer Care. HP Customer Care further states that when the disk passes the test the following should be done:
On boot, press f10 to access BIOS setup, and then press f9 to load the default BIOS configuration. This action restores your BIOS to its factory-recommended settings.
I have done that several times but each time the notebook boots up the same message of '...imminent failure' comes up and I have to press ENTER before booting continues.
How can I stop this '...imminent failure' message from popping up during booting. Can someone help.
03-24-2009 08:27 AM
03-25-2009 12:53 PM
Download and install PC Wizard. You can find it here:
Or you can look for it at your favorite download place.
After it installs, tun the program. It will look over all your hardware and give you its opinion on the how things are doing. Click on the drives section and then double click the drive that is giving you this SMART message. It will give you all the data that is coming from the SMART information to indicate just what is wrong or close to failure. There are many things that can cause the warning you are getting. If the drive is really about to fail, I am sure you want to backup everything before it does. Something like Aconis True Image can make a clone of the drive before it fails and you will not lose anything. Assuming you buy a new drive and put the clone info on it. Good luck
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08-03-2011 06:44 PM
I have a hp mini and my laptop also says
The smart hard disk check has detected an imminent failure. To ensure not data loss, please backup the content immediatly and run the Hard Disk Test in System Diagnostics.
I don't have any f keys. What do I do?
And if I press enter it will say
Boot device not found
Please install an operating system on your hard disk.
Hard disk (3F0)
F2 System Diagnostics
I tried going to the website www.hp.com\go\techcenter\startup but it said the website was not availible. I'm on a different computer. Please help I gave all the details I can.
08-03-2011 06:58 PM - edited 08-03-2011 07:00 PM
Hello All, It has been my experience when this error message is displayed, the hard drive is failing.
It may pass a hardware test, but if the message persist, I would suggest replacing the hard drive as soon as possible.
I have encountered this on quite a few HP/Compaq Laptops with Seagate hard drives and new hard drives corrected the issue. I have about ten of these hard drives in my drawer right now that display this message and I replaced them with new hard drives and the message no longer appears.
At some point, I may try and determine what is causing this error message and repair the hard drives if possible, but have not had the time as yet.
Just some thoughts.
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09-17-2011 01:28 AM
YOU CAN USE A USB HARD DRIVE IM USEING VERBATIM MODEL#47560 CHEAPER THAN A NEW DRIVE JUST TAKE IT APART DISGARD USB BOARD AND JUST PLUG IN HOPE IT HELPS. I HAVE A HP CQ61-406TU AND IT HELPED
11-23-2011 11:00 AM
What can i do if i cant log onto my computer to get online. I tried the f10 but it alwasys frezzes on the hard disk scan. I want to use my recovery disk but it wont start up...PLEASE HELP!
11-24-2011 09:32 AM
I am having the same problem as all of these people, but when I hit enter to continue startup, the computer restarts and i get the message again. This repeats an indefinant number of times. I'm going to continue searching around to try to figure this out.
11-24-2011 09:39 AM
I'm using the same type of computer as you, and I think I just figured out the problem, and by the way, you do have f keys. there on the top were it shows buttons like pause stop fast forward etc. I hit Esc on startup and it took me to the page were i can get to my BIOS. after that i hit F9 and accepted to reload the original BIOS. then i hit f10 to save. after that I hit f2 on the page you mentioned and ran a startup test. the only problem i have atm is it says there is no hard disk installed.