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These 5 SMART errors help you predict your hard drive's death

Ian Paul | Oct. 10, 2016
Want to know if your hard drive is about to fail? These error reports can help.

If you do come across a hard drive that's reporting these errors, and the problems become stronger over time, should you replace it? You may have to at some point, but it’s hard to know exactly when that hard drive will kick the bucket. What you definitely want to do is keep an eye on the drive, and make sure you’re backing up your data should disaster strike. 

Another approach is to use any of the reported SMART errors as an excuse to upgrade to an SSD, which will dramatically boost your PC’s performance. Of course, just like hard drives, SSDs can fail too. Check out our own tutorial on how to figure out if your SSD is dying for more information.


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