Registered: Jan 2002
PC Hard Disk Failure SMART Alert
Ok, this is not a Dell Rant. I love my Dell.
However, my Saturday morning e-mail check etc rewarded me with my first SMART Alert. Apparently my C drive is going to fail (only hard drive).
Following instructions, I called support, they are sending me a new drive, and offered installation assistance which I declined. The tech told me I could install the new disk, and copy software over. Ok fine.
So, decided to try and back up the C drive to CD... after 1 hour, now says 37 days +++ remaining. Call Dell back for assistance, new tech tells me, first guy wrong, can't copy disk, will have to rebuild XP (pro), and re-install all my other software..... ****..... get my techs on the phone, they say yep, and it's not a fun job.
So, here I am, Sunday. I've figured out there's a bad block somewhere. The alert has popped up a couple more times, at start-up, defrag, and the error checking routine. Everything else I've been running seems fine.
I don't look forward to re-installing everything, and just hope XP smart update will pick up all the relevant service packs without too much trouble. Same with Linksys, video drivers etc. I guess one savior is that I don't boot leg anything. So I still have all the installation disks for all my software. I put Turbo Tax on my other PC, so I don't expect problems with the new spy authorization stuff. I don't think Quicken is as big a deal.
I'm sure something will complain about re-registering. Something will get lost, and it will take hours.......
It's going to be the little settings I had help here, and from my tech getting correct, mail, outlook, networks, routers, and file sharing between PCs.
In my work world, IBM mainframes, this just doesn't happen. Hard for me to believe that even though this disk is still functioning, there isn't some tool that would just mirror everything to a new disk.
Knock on wood, this is the first hard drive I've ever lost in a PC. That's over 15 years, and don't remember how many disks. Yeah, I hear about them failing on campus, but it's never touched me before...
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