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Windows 7: Hard Drive exceeded normal parameter?

22 Dec 2011   #1
Z012495

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Hard Drive exceeded normal parameter?

When i boot my dell inspiron 530s, i get this message immediately before it begins to boot. " hard drive self monitoring system has reported that a parameter has exceeded it's normal operating range."
What does this mean?
I had windows vista on the machine before i began getting this error, i tried to reinstall vista but the OS wouldn't install for some reason, it had to do with the hard drive. So i temporarily installed XP which it has no problem with.
I really just want to put windows vista back on the machine or windows 7, but neither will install.
Any ideas?


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22 Dec 2011   #2
scrooge

win 7 ( 64 bit)
 
 

Basically, it is telling you that the HD is expected to fail. I suspect that it's a SMART message. Personally I don't trust SMART and think it sometimes puts out false error reports. But it would be a good idea to back up any valuable data.

scrooge
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22 Dec 2011   #3
Z012495

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

How do i get around it? I just want a working copy of windows vista or 7 on it.
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23 Dec 2011   #4
scrooge

win 7 ( 64 bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Z012495 View Post
How do i get around it? I just want a working copy of windows vista or 7 on it.
go to the website of the harddrive and download (not sure what it called) harddrive testing software and run the test and see what it reports.

scrooge
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04 Jan 2012   #5
Z012495

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I tried to get the software. and i tried to reformat and fix bad sectors from windows 7 on a different computer using a usb -> sata conversion cable. And it seems to finish okay, but when the computer starts the error still occurs, and i still cannot install a copy of windows 7 to the hard drive.
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05 Jan 2012   #6
alphanumeric
Microsoft MVP

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

As mentioned you can usually get a free Diagnostic utility from the drive manufacturers web Site. You said you tried to get the software so I'm not sure if you did or didn't find it. It sounds like the drive is or has failed. How old is the drive in question? It's been my experience that once a drive starts getting bad sectors it only gets worse. you'll get more and more as time goes on and that drive will end up being unreliable. The diagnostic should tell you how good or bad it is and whether you should consider replacing it. Going into the BIOS and turning off the SMART monitoring function will likely get rid of that warning message. It won't make the drive any more reliable though, you just won't be warned about the impending failure.
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