Macbook Pro -"smart services failure"?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by conrad0011, Aug 27, 2012.

  1. conrad0011, Aug 27, 2012
    Last edited: Aug 27, 2012

    conrad0011 macrumors newbie

    Aug 27, 2012
    I'm a newbee. I'm actually asking this for my son. He has a 2008(he thinks) Macbook Pro 15". It shut down and crashed he said. But before it did it gave him a message that said "smart services failure". He thinks his hard drive needs replaced.
    Can anyone shed some light on what possibly failed and what needs to be replaced?

    A concerned and trying to be helpful parent
  2. conrad0011 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 27, 2012

    Push to the top for more looks! Thanks

  3. kjlake macrumors member

    Jul 15, 2010
    A SMART failure basically means that there is a problem with the hard drive and it most likely will need to be replaced. - That is the short version...

    in some cases, SMART will report predictive failure, which means that there are some bad sectors, but the drive itself has not yet failed. In that case, the best option is to make a complete backup and then replace the hard drive. In some cases, reformatting will help extend the life for a little while because when reformatting the hard drive it will mark sectors as bad so that data is not written there. But in any event, I would replace the hard drive at the earliest opportunity.

    Probably not what you wanted to hear...


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