SMART Utility says my HDD is failing, what do?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by dba415, May 30, 2012.

  1. dba415 macrumors 6502

    Jun 18, 2011
    Yesterday I noticed my MacBook Pro 2010 13 incher acting really slow. Odd because before yesterday it was completely fine. Kept seeing the beach ball no matter what I did.

    Repaired permissions, ran disk utility and it said my hard drive was working fine. I was still suspicious so I decided to download SMART Utility, and I got this

    One thing is though, I tried working on windows 7 which is installed on a different partition of the same hard drive and noticed no slow down it was normal.
  2. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    SMART is in place to identify issues BEFORE they become terminal. Backup and replace now before the drive dies.
  3. iAppleseed macrumors regular

    May 11, 2011
    Funny, I received that message too. A lot. And it turns out it wasn't even failing. Just false alarm. I'm not sure about you, but if I were you, I'd backup the drive while I still can. I saw this video from YouTube, the HDD went from perfectly healthy to completely dead in a matter of hours. The owner wasn't able to back the files all up.
  4. theSeb macrumors 604


    Aug 10, 2010
    Poole, England
    1. Backup asap if you're not doing it regularly
    2. Buy new one
    3. Clone to new one
    4. Remove old one
    5. Put in new one
    6. Secure erase old one and dispose of it in an environmentally friendly way

  5. RockPortTech macrumors regular

    Mar 10, 2011
    South Texas
    Take a drill to the old one.

    I mean literally drill several holes right through it. Am I being paranoid you might think, maybe, but not once have I not had a restful night's sleep because I was afraid someone may have had the opportunity to retrieve some files off my old one after disposal.
  6. Astroboy907 macrumors 65816


    May 6, 2012
    Spaceball One
    +1 for step 6. Cant EVER be too paranoid with a drive ;),r:0,s:0,i:74
  7. Mojo1 macrumors 65816

    Jul 26, 2011
    If you smash the drive with a hammer that will also do the job. If they are made of glass or ceramic substrate the platters shatter into a million pieces...
  8. MagicBoy macrumors 68040


    May 28, 2006
    Manchester, UK
    Paranoid much?

    A secure erase via Disk Utility is also a valid option if the drive isn't too far gone.
  9. dba415 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 18, 2011
    How did you realize yours was a false alarm instead of an actual failure?

    Did you experience any slowdown like I am experiencing now?
  10. iAppleseed macrumors regular

    May 11, 2011
    Because I rebooted twice then checked disk utility for the S.M.A.R.T. status, it said it's fine. It's been fine for 1.5 years after that false alarm.


    Wow. Unless you store your credit card no., your passwords, and your diary on that HDD, you will need to drill a hole. I on the other hand, want someone to discover the HD I've thrown and use it. I'll just write a message on the hard drive congratulating the one who found it. It seems fun.
  11. Mak47 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 27, 2011
    Harrisburg, PA
    That takes too long and makes for a boring YouTube video.
  12. dba415 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 18, 2011
    You see, ONLY Smart Utility says my HDD is failing, disk utility does not, and says everything is working like it should.
  13. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    Nothing odd there. It's possible that Win 7 isn't using an affected area.

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