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Old 07-25-2006, 06:17 PM   #1
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Here is the error message

Notice: The primary IDE Master Hard Drive SELF MONITORING SYSTEM has reported that a parameter has exceeded its normal operating range. A parameter out of range may or may not indicate a potential hard drive problem.



I've searched everywhere but come up emptyhande for for a solution. Any ideas?

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Old 07-25-2006, 07:11 PM   #2
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Hi and welcome to TSF...

The best thing to do would be download the hard drive manafacturer's diagnostic tools then create a bootable cd/floppy which you can then use to perform some health checks on the drive.

Also, if you download and install a freeware program called SpeedFan, you can use the S.M.A.R.T tab when the program is running so you can find out more information on the general health of the hard drive.

Hope that helps :)

p.s - In the meantime, it would be a very wise idea to backup all the data you want to keep from the drive as these kinda errors can sometimes mean the drive is on it's last legs :)

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Old 07-26-2006, 08:25 PM   #3
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This was a friends computer I was looking at. I figured the hard drive was going. I got another hard drive and cloned the original to it. Works fine now.
Thanks for the input.
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Cool but before you bin the hdd..it may be worthwhile running some other tests on it to see if it can be repaired within Windows :)
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