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Posted on 06/12/2013 6:27:51 AM PDT by timestax
This morning, first thing I see is a warning from Windows 7, that says the hard drive is in imminent danger of failing, and to immediately back up all files. What's up with this. Anybody else getting this. Could it be gubmint boys causing this or just normal failure. DELL laptop is about one year old. Otherwise, up till now =NO PROBLEMS. And ,YES it is turned on. PLEASE, no joking around this time.
Maybe your hard drive is failing and you should back up your important files.
If it gives you an official-looking pop-up that promises to solve the problem, DO NOT CLICK.
It’s almost certainly a Trojan virus.
More than likely, this is malware. If you click on it, it will download some crap you don’t want. If you really think your hard drive has some problems, buy a program that can do some diagnostics or take it to a service shop. More than likely, though, you are being conned and you should have run your anti-virus stuff to try to detect any infections.
Sounds like you might have a hard drive failure in your future. Back up your files and shop around for a good hard drive.
Mine did the same thing last year and yes it did eventually fail.
Hard drives fail...even when the Rats aren’t in power.You’d be wise to try to save your data...now.Just in case.
Definitely back up, then find out what your situation is. You should be able to research the error message to see if it is legit
You have your important stuff backed up as a matter of routing anyway, right?
If you don't, get free 50-GB of storage at https://mega.co.nz/ and copy it up there right now.
They'll often do an advance RMA and get you a new HDD. You replace the HDD, and you can hook up your old HDD with a SATA-to-USB adapter and boot into a utility like Ultimate Boot CD which has utilities to clone your HDD to the new one, and you'll be back online in no time.
I recently had a solid state hard drive fail on me after only 9 months. Newer tech CAN fail. Never put 100% trust on any hardware.
Use some sort of online backup service and you will be a lot less worried, whether this is a malware hoax or not.
Yes. This. This is exactly what it is. Get out. Get out now!
Yes, it is 100% the ‘gubment spooks doing it.
It’s a Trojan. Make sure your firewall is up.
ha HA...I like this!
If you click it, it will take over your computer and you wioll play hell getting rid of it. Months ago NORTON Security took two hours to get me free of it.
And back up the malware along with it?!? Not a good idea. Determine if it is malware first. If needed, get some assistance to do so. Take corrective action. Then, make sure you are running an automated back up and /or have restore points set.
The vast majority of failures don't screech or smoke. They are from bad sectors on the drive, head misalignment, or contaminants like dust or smoke. When the system continually has trouble reading and writing to the drive it can predict that a failure is imminent. Running a checkdisk on the drive will detect bad sectors also.
This is the correct answer.
I had the exact same thing happen here at work to one of the Windows PC’s. It’s a nasty nasty virus. I had to boot up in safe mode and expunge it.
Hard drives have had S.M.A.R.T. capability (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology) for some years now, and some of the meansurements the drive takes on itself are very good predictors of impending failure.
“I don’t believe that there is any reliable way to tell a hard drive “is in imminent danger of failing” unless it’s emitting smoke or screeching like a banshee.”
This is not true. Drives today (and even 10 years ago) have/had predictive firmware that measured all sorts of parameters including temperature, variations in speed and spindle current to predict failures. some even went so fare as to analyze patterns of correctable errors to predict failures.
If it came from the OS, it’s not likely malware. Win7/8 has disk management utilities built-in that monitor the BIOS SMART system for updates. If the SMART system alerted during the POST (Power On Self Test), Win7/8 is alerting to a fault.
Scanning for malware/spyware is likely to make the problem worse. It doesn’t make sense to scan a failing hard drive. If the fault is with bad sectors or a rotary motor failure, you’ll likely kill the HDD during the scan, ruining the ability to recover the data.
If it’s a pop-up in a web browser, that’s a different story, but the poster says that this is a Win7/8 alert, likely in the system tray. That’s a legitimate system fault.
Better yet, go buy a terabyte drive for $70 and use USB 3 or Thunderbolt to connect the computer and drive. You can’t beat the bandwidth of a local connection.
If you are really paranoid, buy two backup drives and rotate one of them off-site, preferably to your safe deposit box.
Same thing happened to my computer. I am in safe mode. How exactly do I expunge it?
If it is a real warning, it is probably because the drive management subsystem has noticed and mapped around ever increasing numbers of bad sectors on your hard drive. A few are expected on every drive. A lot is bad, or if the few starts growing steadily that's bad. That means flaws in the surface have come apart and have introduced debris inside the drive that is slowing grinding up the surface...
Backup early, backup often.
Running AV is about the last thing I do when looking for Malware. Establishing a baseline and understanding what is running (and what shouldn't be) is priority. Scanning a failing drive would be foolish, I agree.
I got the same message 3 years ago and ran Dell diagnostics which confirmed imminent failure. They sent me a replacement hard drive as computer was under warranty. Backed everything up and waited for failure. New hard drive is still in my desk as I write this on old hard drive Dell latitude
run MS security essentials. It may take running it more than once.
I have had great success using this help forum. You resister than post your problem. They will walk you through needed steps to find and fix malware problems. Highly recommended.
fwiw, Dell used to replace hard drives with “refurbished” ones when fulfilling warranty claims. At least they did on mine — roughly twice a year until the warranty expired and I went out and bought a new Seagate which never gave me a moment’s trouble since.
Buy one of those little usb thingies every now and then. Copy everything to it, regularly. Feel better.
Online storage is what I do with other people’s data, on their instructions, and on their heads. My own stuff is squirreled away in usb’s...and of course there are hard copies.
Had one malware scare in all these years. The computer that had it, is still working at age 15. No thanks to Norton.
AdAware is free and does the job. Of course, my online tastes are simple and I don’t surf hotdog.
Wish I could help you, but I’m an old man who knows jack sh*t about computers.
One very hard lesson I HAVE learned over the years, though, is BACK UP YOUR HARD DRIVE ALL THE TIME!!!
If your computer marches on, fine; if it fails without backups for everything, you’ll be crying in your beer.
Been there, done that, and it stinks.
I have Win8 and today I received my monthly malicious software update. Windows updates that update every day. I really like Windows 8.
Sort of like the ole "CHECK ENGINE" light that came on my auto, and I drove 78,000 more miles on it before I got rid of it!