Help! S.M.A.R.T. error how to fix it?

edwinDigital

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I can't clean install the mountain lion on my late 2011 MBP beacause of my HD issue (smart error)... is there a way to fix it or buy new HD or SSD?
 
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maflynn

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SMART errors indicate a failure in the drive. I'd say if you can back up your data and replace your drive.
 

T5BRICK

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I can't clean install the mountain lion on my late 2011 MBP beacause of my HD issue (smart error)... is there a way to fix it or buy new HD or SDD?
Is your computer doing something strange that prompted you to check the S.M.A.R.T. status? Most of the time it indicates that the HDD is failing. Hopefully you've backed up your data.
 

T5BRICK

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i think it was triggered by ML.. this only happens when i update my SL to ML :confused:
S.M.A.R.T. Indicates hardware failure. Installing a new OS won't cause it to fail the drive unless the drive was already dying and the extra use just pushed it over the edge.

Do you still have warranty? If so, just take it in and have the drive replaced.

Just make sure to back up your data!
 

edwinDigital

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S.M.A.R.T. Indicates hardware failure. Installing a new OS won't cause it to fail the drive unless the drive was already dying and the extra use just pushed it over the edge.

Do you still have warranty? If so, just take it in and have the drive replaced.

Just make sure to back up your data!
sadly my warranty expired last august 7 :(
 

T5BRICK

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That was just a week ago, if you can take the computer in soon, they may make an exception for you.
 

edwinDigital

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That was just a week ago, if you can take the computer in soon, they may make an exception for you.
thank you for the info, i will try.
just in case apple did not cover my warranty, is it enough space if i buy 128 gb ssd? i use my mbp mainly for photo editing in lightroom and photoshop or i will buy HDD 750 gb 7200 rpm?
 

T5BRICK

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I personably wouldn't be able to use a 128GB SSD, I'd have to step up to a 256GB model. But it'd be a huge upgrade either way.

How much space are you using on your current drive?
 

sweetbrat

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thank you for the info, i will try.
just in case apple did not cover my warranty, is it enough space if i buy 128 gb ssd? i use my mbp mainly for photo editing in lightroom and photoshop or i will buy HDD 750 gb 7200 rpm?
We can't tell you what size drive to buy from that info. Photoshop and Lightroom files vary greatly in size. Check your current storage space and try to get something with enough space for your files to grow over time.
 

edwinDigital

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right now i just backed up 122 gb in my time machine excluding my music and video... i guess 128 gb is not enough i will go for 256 gb.... thanks for the input
 

T5BRICK

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right now i just backed up 122 gb in my time machine excluding my music and video... i guess 128 gb is not enough i will go for 256 gb.... thanks for the input
Just FYI, the Samsung 830 and Crucial M4 SSDs are considered some of the best. I'm waiting for the 256GB Samsung to drop below $190 before I pull the trigger.
 

edwinDigital

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Just FYI, the Samsung 830 and Crucial M4 SSDs are considered some of the best. I'm waiting for the 256GB Samsung to drop below $190 before I pull the trigger.
how long will it take before my HD die? the smart error issue started yesterday when im trying to clean install ML :confused:
 

inlinevolvo

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how long will it take before my HD die? the smart error issue started yesterday when im trying to clean install ML :confused:
How important is your digital life? If i got this error, i'd be at an electronics retailer already buying new storage, or overnighting an order on Amazon.
 

T5BRICK

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how long will it take before my HD die? the smart error issue started yesterday when im trying to clean install ML :confused:
Do you have your data backed up? That is the very first thing you should do. If the drive fails, you could lose everything on it.

A S.M.A.R.T. Error just indicates that something is wrong with the drive, it doesn't know when the drive will fail. It could fail today or next month. It's better to be safe, back up your data and be prepared.
 

edwinDigital

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How important is your digital life? If i got this error, i'd be at an electronics retailer already buying new storage, or overnighting an order on Amazon.
right now aside from smart error issue i also has a wallet issue :D i hope apple care will cover my waranty since it was expired last week :(
 

robgendreau

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right now aside from smart error issue i also has a wallet issue :D i hope apple care will cover my waranty since it was expired last week :(
Yeah, shopping at Apple produces that error frequently...:rolleyes:

What was the SMART error, BTW? Odds are you're probably hosed, but some errors can be things that are not necessarily catastrophic, like a temperature error. I'm not sure the ML installer or even Disk Utility can tell you the specifics, but there must be SMART diagnosis utilities out there. You might get lucky, so you should at least check.
 
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edwinDigital

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Do you have your data backed up? That is the very first thing you should do. If the drive fails, you could lose everything on it.

A S.M.A.R.T. Error just indicates that something is wrong with the drive, it doesn't know when the drive will fail. It could fail today or next month. It's better to be safe, back up your data and be prepared.
yup i did backed up all my important files. thanks for reminding
 

edwinDigital

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Yeah, shopping at Apple produces that error frequently...:rolleyes:

What was the SMART error, BTW? Odds are you're probably hosed, but some errors can be things that are not necessarily catastrophic, like a temperature error. I'm not sure the ML installer or even Disk Utility can tell you the specifics, but there must be SMART diagnosis utilities out there. You might get lucky, so you should at least check.
i checked the net and found this (SMART UTILITY) i scanned my hd and here are the result:
1. OVERALL SMART STATUS FAILED
2. REALLOCATED BAD SECTORS - 2047

i think i really need to replace my HD :confused:
 

P0stalTek

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As others have said, S.M.A.R.T. is always an indication of a hardware level failure with your HDD, so I won't blather on more about that.

However, I put a Crucial m4 256GB SSD in my MBP a month or two ago, and I cannot be happier with the performance since then. If you have to get a new drive (and you do), I would definitely consider the Crucial or Samsung SSD, because you cannot go wrong.

The performance upgrade you will notice right away is amazing. As someone who has spent hundreds of bucks for incremental technology upgrades over the years, it feels great to have a noticeable, VISIBLE upgrade.

Good luck on whatever you decide (but seriously, put the SSD in, don't stick with a spinny drive, even if it means you have to invest in a good high-speed external for less used or archived files).
 

edwinDigital

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As others have said, S.M.A.R.T. is always an indication of a hardware level failure with your HDD, so I won't blather on more about that.

However, I put a Crucial m4 256GB SSD in my MBP a month or two ago, and I cannot be happier with the performance since then. If you have to get a new drive (and you do), I would definitely consider the Crucial or Samsung SSD, because you cannot go wrong.

The performance upgrade you will notice right away is amazing. As someone who has spent hundreds of bucks for incremental technology upgrades over the years, it feels great to have a noticeable, VISIBLE upgrade.

Good luck on whatever you decide (but seriously, put the SSD in, don't stick with a spinny drive, even if it means you have to invest in a good high-speed external for less used or archived files).
thanks for the heads up! going out for SSD hunting today! :)
 

P0stalTek

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Crucial M4 256 GB installed! :D
Loving it, aren't you? :)

Amazing drive, but then again, the Samsung is supposed to be awesome too. I just couldn't be happier with my decision to pick up the Crucial when I did, and Samsung's were still considerably more for minimal difference.

Glad it worked out for ya!
 

YZFNYC

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Okay, Sorry to revive an old thread but something has to be up. In the last week I have had two Apple SSD fail S.M.A.R.T and two 3TB Seagate Drives. I mean I never had a S.M.A.R.T failure before and now 4 in one week what gives? Anyone have a clue or am I just having one of them weeks? =/
 

windows4ever

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The 3TB Seagates were notorious for failure, so no surprise there. I have one, but I only use it for backing up and then it gets shut off. When I was recently in the market for an Apple SSD I saw quite a few "failed" ones for sale on ebay. Does not inspire confidence. AFAIK, there is no way to "repair" a drive that fails a SMART test.
 
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