Windows 10/8/7 Hard Disk Failure is Imminent - How to Fix?

Posted by @Owin

January 6, 2017

What should you do when getting hard disk failure is imminent warning in Windows 10/8/7? The best practices are to backup failing hard drive and replace it if possible.

Tips: When you receive this warning message, the bad news is your hard disk will fail sooner or later, the good news is you can use Free Backup Software to backup it in case of data loss.

The Scenario

"I have a HP Pavilion Notebook PC over 3 years old running Windows 7. I turned on my computer this morning and I got a warning during boot saying: Hard disk failure is imminent, and advises me to backup your hard disk and have it replaced! Press F10 for Setup, F2 to continue. How can I fix this error?"

Hard Disk Failure Is Imminent

The warning message may be various based on different brands of computer and motherboards. The one you get may be "SMART failure predicted on hard disk". Before fix the error, you may ask how computer know hard disk failure is imminent.

SMART stands for Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology which is a firmware that resides into most modern hard disks (HDD) and solid-state drives (SSD) to continuously keep track of hard disk condition such as health, performance and error rates, and reports the problems to system. Then, what does hard drive imminent failure mean?

SMART uses a technology known as predictive failure analysis to warn you a hard drive failure is imminent, not an actual failure. The hard drive in your computer right now is not yet dead, but will be sooner or later. Could be in 1 hour, could be in a week. Who knows? Therefore, it is best to do something, just in case the hard disk failure does happen to you.

A SMART hard drive failure warning may come out for many different factors such as bad sectors, higher temperature, physical damage, etc. Then, how to fix?

The Solutions

Hard disk failure is a fact of life in the computer world. It's something many of us have experienced, and not with fond memories. As the SMART tell you: "Please backup your hard disk and have it replaced!" So let's follow its advice.

AOMEI Backupper Standard, a complete yet free backup software, lets you backup a hard disk to external hard drives, networked drives, NAS devices, USB flash drives, and CDs/DVDs. With AOMEI Backupper, you can easily restore system, programs and data on your hard drive that get damaged or deleted because of system crashes, hard disk failure or natural disasters, even when you cannot boot your Windows system. The followings are step-by-step guide to walk you through the progress of backing up a hard disk that failure is imminent.

1: Download, install and launch AOMEI Backupper. On the main window, select “Backup” -> “Disk Backup” as show below.

Hard Disk Backup

2: Here you can choose which hard disk you want to backup at "Step1" and where to backup the hard disk at "Step2". Also, you are allowed to configure disk backup settings by clicking "Backup Operations". Because you cannot predict the time of hard disk failure, it is highly advised to click "Schedule" to set up automatic hard disk backup via daily, weekly or monthly.

Disk Backup Settings

Step 3: You are almost done. The last step is to click "Start Backup".

Start Disk Backup

Conclusion

The best practice for failing hard disk is that no matter whether you have got or will get hard drive failure imminent warning, backing up your hard disk regularly is a good habit to prevent system crash and data loss. Once the hard disk eventually failed, you can replace it with a new disk and perform disk restore. If your system will not allow you to boot into windows to create a backup, you can create a bootable media on other computers.