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Windows 7: Can a S.M.A.R.T. 301 error be fixed with software?

22 Feb 2013   #1
orestisssss

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit
 
 
Can a S.M.A.R.T. 301 error be fixed with software?

Hello all,

today my laptop 1 years old hp when i booted up it showed me a S.M.A.R.T. 301 error. i clicked enter and then booted to windows and a message appeared telling me to backup all my files due to the error.However i have run S.M.A.R.T. tests and i dont see any problem cause they can finish but every HDD monitoring software i try says there is an error cycle or sector read error 1 something like that.I have disabled he windows message to backup m files from apearing can i fix the problem withour replacing HDD or at least hide the bootup message from appearing cause BIOS dosnt have any option for it.My laptop hasnt fallen down at all so it is wierd in less than 1 year 9 months for this error to appear.

Thanks


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22 Feb 2013   #2
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

A drive can fail at anytime, 2 days or after 10 years. Try this, option 8. Disk Check
Then see if the message goes away and recheck with your HDD tests.
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22 Feb 2013   #3
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

Also check to see if there's a BIOS update for your laptop.
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23 Feb 2013   #4
orestisssss

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit
 
 

Ok thanks both of you i will try both suggestions :P
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23 Feb 2013   #5
Mark Phelps

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit
 
 

While a BIOS update COULD fix this, given that it appears to be a hard drive problem, I personally find that VERY unlikely -- and I would personally advise against doing a BIOS update just to see what happens.

Do NOT do a BIOS update unless the following is true:
1) You have a way to save off the current, working, BIOS
2) You have a way to restore that working BIOS in case the upgrade goes bad

Furthermore, although a laptop drive starting to fail after only one year's use is unusual, it's also not impossible. IF you can pull out the drive and run the manufacturer's diagnostic utility against it, that will let you know the health of the drive.
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23 Feb 2013   #6
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

There seemed to be an unusual amount of HP Laptop problems associated with disk drives. The same problem is being reported on numerous help sites including HP. A BIOS update issued by HP seems to cure the problem. This was the reason I suggested the OP check for an update. But hey, what do I know?
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24 Mar 2013   #7
orestisssss

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit
 
 

Sorry for reopening this.Can you lik me to that bios page if you can please, cause i cant seem to find it thanks.
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24 Mar 2013   #8
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

HP Support & Drivers | United States

This is the US site. I don't know if HP has a European support site or not. In any case, it should have been one of your Favorites and checked on a regular basis for a new PC.
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25 Mar 2013   #9
orestisssss

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit
 
 

Thanks mate again
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