WD Hard disk SMART status BAD?

Hello to all!
In the boot when SMART is checking the disks says that Pri Slave SMART status Bad.Before I get my self in panic,i did a check with Western Digital's diagnostic utility and the results are fine.All the tests passed!Who's wrong then?The bios or the utility?Thanks for your time to respond!
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  1. To be honest, I would start looking for a replacement HDD. While it may not have failed yet, your mobo is reporting a problem. Drives can go on for awhile before they actually fail.

    I would swap to a new HDD and use the one in question as a backup/secondary drive until it dies.

    Good luck!
  2. Thanks for your quick answer COLGeek!To buy a new hard Disk it is sure the first thing to do after that horrible warning!
    But still could it be my mobo going crazy?
    One way or another I'm going to back up everything but i would like to know if the utility is right!Cause if it is,there should be a problem with my m/b

    Thank again
  3. There are several free utilities that can be used to show SMART status. Some mobo vendors actually provide diagnostics utilities as well.

    One thing you can do is to ensure that your mobo is using the latest BIOS. Once installed, go into the BIOS and turn off the SMART feature. Restart the system. After fully rebooting, power down. Power up, re-enter the BIOS and enable SMART. Save, restart, and monitor. If it shows an error again, I would strongly suggest a new HDD.

    What make/model HDD are you using?

    Check out this app (get the free one) and see what it reports.

  4. WD wdc wd2500ks ,it is an old one.I made the test with passmark and here are the results:

    SmartDisk DLL Version: SysInfo v1.0 Build: 1006
    Time of export: 20:30:31 10-???-2010

    Device information:
    Device ID: 1
    Interface: ATA
    Device Capacity: 238472 MB
    Serial Number: WD-WCANK8537404
    Model Number: WDC WD2500KS-22MJB0

    ID Description Raw Value Status Value Worst Threshold TEC
    1 Raw Read Error Rate 0x000000000000 OK 200 200 51 N.A.
    3 Spin Up Time 0x000000001447 OK 196 189 21 N.A.
    4 Start/Stop Count 0x000000000384 OK 100 100 0 N.A.
    5 Reallocated Sector Count 0x000000000000 OK 200 200 140 N.A.
    7 Seek Error Rate 0x000000000000 OK 200 200 51 N.A.
    9 Power On Time 0x000000000F99 OK 95 95 0 N.A.
    10 Spin Retry Count 0x000000000000 OK 100 100 51 N.A.
    11 Calibration Retry Count 0x000000000000 OK 100 100 51 N.A.
    12 Power Cycle Count 0x000000000371 OK 100 100 0 N.A.
    190 Temperature Difference from 100 0x000000000023 OK 65 48 45 10 Nov 2010 18:52:24
    194 Temperature 35 C OK 115 98 0 N.A.
    196 Reallocation Event Count 0x000000000000 OK 200 200 0 N.A.
    197 Current Pending Sector Count 0x000000000000 OK 200 200 0 N.A.
    198 Uncorrectable Sector Count 0x000000000000 OK 200 200 0 N.A.
    199 UltraDMA CRC Error Count 0x000000000012 OK 200 200 0 N.A.
    200 Write Error Count 0x000000000000 OK 200 200 51 N.A.

    I think that again it says all ok!It remains to do a flash now in the bios of my Maximus Formula as you suggested,but that's something that i'll try tomorrow

    Do you see anything weird in the results?
  5. No. Everything looks fine. Run a chkdsk when you get a chance to check for bad sectors.
  6. Hello again!I did the check for bad sectors thoroughly with another tool and there it was .The Drive has bad sectors!So now I'm ready for another drive!

    Than you so much COLGeek!
  7. You can use a drive with bad sectors, but I wouldn't recommend for a primary drive. I would stick in an enclosure and use as an external. However, if the drive in question is still under warranty, you should RMA it.

    Good luck!
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