SMART Failure Predicted on Hard Disk? Back up Your PC Now!



Are you suffering from SMART failure predicted on hard disk error saying a failure is imminent and suggesting you should back up your data and replace your hard disk? This post shows you how to quickly back up your computer with MiniTool programs when the SMART hard disk failure occurs, as well as possible hard drive imminent failure fix solutions.

Help! SMART Failure Predicted on Hard Disk

At first boot my computer I got this error:
SMART Failure Predicted on Hard Disk 0: SAMSUNG HM64JJ-(S1)
what does it mean? and how can I fix it?"

- tomshardware

What Is a SMART?

Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology, is often written as SMART. It refers to a self-diagnostic utility that is included in a computer hard drive (HDD) and solid-state drive (SSD), detecting and reporting various indicators of drive reliability like performance and error rate to enable the anticipation of hardware failures.

Overview of SMART Failure Predicted Error

Let's see the detailed error message: "SMART Failure Predicted on Hard Disk… WARNING: Immediately back-up your data and replace your hard disk drive. A failure may be imminent. Press F2 to Continue", as shown below:

In addition, perhaps your computer shows another error "hard disk failure is imminent". The SMART hard drive error is very common and often happens to Sony Vaio, Dell laptop, Lenovo ThinkPad, Toshiba laptop and many other devices in Windows 10/8/7. Usually, hard drive SMART failure may be caused by excessive bad sectors or shock, not defragmenting when the disk is almost full, the wrong shutdown, overheating, etc.

When SMART status indicates there is an error, actually your hard drive is not yet dead but it is in the process of failing. Namely, a complete failure may come in a day, a week, a month, even a year. No matter how long it takes, the most important thing should be to immediately back up your computer data when hard drive SMART failure occurs by following Windows advice.

Back up Computer in Case of SMART Failure

When receiving SMART hard disk error, take it easy. And you still have some time to keep your disk data safe. Next, we will walk you through detailed backup operations by using MiniTool backup programs.

Data Backup Software – MiniTool ShadowMaker

MiniTool ShadowMaker, a complete yet free backup software, can help you to back up your system, partition, and disk by its Backup feature. During the backup process, the selected partition data will be compressed to an image, saving much disk space. But here, we don't suggest using this feature since recovery is a little troublesome when your hard disk failure happens.

Fortunately, another backup method – disk cloning can be done with this free backup software. Its Clone Disk feature can transfer all contents from one disk to another. Once your disk fails, the target disk can be used to directly replace it without reinstalling OS. What are you waiting for? Download its Free Edition by clicking the button below and install it on your computer running Windows 10/8/7.

If SMART failure predicted on hard disk F1 not working issue happens, how can you make a disk backup via disk-cloning method? You need to use Media Builder feature of this backup software to create a bootable disc, boot your computer from the disc and then begin a disk backup.

Step 1: Select Backup Module
Enter MiniTool ShadowMaker Free Edition. Then, in the following interface, hit Connect button in the Local module to enter next interface.

Note that the Free Edition 1.0 of this free backup software limits you to making a remote backup. When choosing the Remote module, a window appears:

But, the Beta 3.0 allows performing such a backup. Hence, download it now.

Step 2: Navigate to Tools tab.
Then, this program will go to the Home page. Here, you can't find the feature to do disk cloning. Just navigate to Tools located in the toolbar and then click Clone Disk feature to begin your backup.

Step 3: Choose clone source disk and target disk.
In the following interface, you see two sections are shown. Please click the corresponding section to choose source disk and destination disk.

1. MiniTool ShadowMaker Free Edition brings you much convenience to clone a hard drive which can be a system disk or a data disk.
2. After click OK button, you will receive a warning saying "Data on the target disk will be destroyed. Are you sure you want to start cloning now". Ensure there are no important files saved to your target disk. On the contrary, you can choose to back up your vital data to other location. Then, click Yes button.

Step 4: Perform disk cloning operation.
Here comes the copy progress. In the following interface, some information about the disk cloning is listed including source disk, destination disk, elapsed time, remaining time and cloning progress bar.

1. Moreover, one option called Shut down the computer when the operation is completed is also offered by MiniTool ShadowMaker. Just click it when you have a need.

2. If you don't check this feature, after the cloning operation is finished, one small window will pop out and inform you some information, as shown below:

What should you do based on your situation? When SMART failure predicted on hard disk 0/1/2/4 error happens, a hard disk failure is imminent. In this case, you can shut down the computer, remove the source drive and put the target disk containing disk copy into the original place.

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Some of you don't want to use disk-cloning method to back up disk data but want to create a disk image backup when hard drive SMART failure occurs although recovery is troublesome in case of disk failure. Here, MiniTool ShadowMaker Free Edition enables you to create such a backup with its Backup feature. Read this post - The Best Way to Image a Hard Drive to know the detailed backup operations.

Disk Cloning Software – MiniTool Partition Wizard

MiniTool Partition Wizard, another hard drive cloning software, enables you to transfer all the contents from a source disk to a target disk. It puts forward two cloning features:

Migrate OS to SSD/HD: It is suitable for the system disk only. And it offers you two migration methods, for instance, only migrate the system-related partitions to another disk or copy the entire system disk to another hard drive.
Copy Disk: This is used to deal with a system disk, as well as a data disk. All the data of your source disk will be moved to a target disk.

Here take the second feature as an example since it is more comprehensive.

If your PC can run normally when the SMART hard disk error occurs, download MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition. If your PC is unbootable after pressing F1 or F2, for a successful backup, you need to get MiniTool Partition Wizard Professional Edition to create a bootable disc.

Step 1: Select Copy Disk feature.
Enter MiniTool Partition Wizard main interface to choose the hard disk having SMART failure predicted on hard disk error and click Copy Disk from Convert Disk menu.

Step 2: Choose a destination disk.
In the pop-out window, select a hard drive to save the source content. Also, all the data on the target disk will be destroyed. Therefore, ensure no vital files are stored on it.

Note that the target disk should have enough disk space so as to hold all source data since this program adopts sector-by-sector cloning mode.

Step 3: Decide copy option.
Two copy options are offered. Please choose one based on actual needs.

1. For Advanced Format disk & SSD, we suggest choosing Align partitions to 1MB so as to improve performance.
2. If you want to clone system disk from MBR to GPT, Use GUID Partition Table for the target disk is not available for Free Edition, but is included in the Professional or other advanced Editions.

Step 4: A window pops up to tell you how to boot your computer from the target disk. After finishing the cloning, configure BIOS setting to boot your PC from the target disk.

Step 5: Bring all operations into effect.
Hit Apply button to execute all the changes.

How to Repair SMART Hard Drive Failure

After finishing disk backup, some of you still want to fix SMART failure predicted on hard disk error. Here are two possible solutions.

① Check and Fix Bad Sectors

Bad sectors are the main factor of SMART failure error on your hard drive. So, to check and fix the found bad sectors should be done.

1. Enter Windows Explorer.
2. Then, right-click the drive you want to check and choose Properties.
3. Under Tools tab, click Check now (Win 7) or Check (Win 10) button.

4. For Win 7, check Automatically fix file system errors and Scan for and attempt recovery or bad sectors options. Nex, click Start option to begin the operation.

For Win 10, directly click Scan drive to perform the drive checking.

Note that you can also choose to use command line "chkdsk /r" to repair bad sectors.

② Perform Disk Defragment

Sometime SMART hard disk error can be fixed by disk defragment. How to do this job?

  • In Windows 7, click Start button and type "Disk Defragmenter" to run this utility. Then, choose the target drive and click Defragment disk option.

  • In Windows 10, input "defragment" in the Search box, then click Defragment and Optimize Drives tool. Select the target drive and click Optimize button to perform a disk defragment operation.

What if these ways are not working to fix or disable SMART failure predicted on hard disk 0/1/2/4 error? The only way is to replace the failing hard drive with another hard drive containing the disk copy made by MiniTool programs – MiniTool ShadowMaker and MiniTool Partition Wizard. If SMART failure error happens on your system disk, you can directly boot your PC from the target disk without reinstalling OS.

Bottom Line

In this post, we walk you through what SMART is, what SMART failure predicted on hard disk error is, how to back up your computer with MiniTool ShadowMaker Free Edition & MiniTool Partition Wizard and two possible solutions to fix the SMART error. If you are facing the same error message, immediately back up your data by disk-cloning method with MiniTool programs.

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