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Old May 31, 2013, 03:39 AM
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Exclamation "At Risk" HDD message on WD drive

I was messing with my daughters computer installing a printer and I noticed an error message and clicked on it. It said the HDD was "at Risk". I think the program was Intel's Rapid Storage Tech program but wasn't paying enough attention. When I tried to find out more the program gave me the drive's type, serial #, port, firmware, etc. but I have no idea what "At Risk" means or what I should do with it.

Does it mean the drive is failing? What should my next course of action be?

HDD is a WD1002FAEX-00Z3AO with firmware 05.01D05.

I reset the message and it came back once. Reset it again but then went to bed. Computer seems to be working fine other than that message.
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Old May 31, 2013, 05:09 AM
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HDD is failing. Use WD Tools or Seatools to do a Short/Long test on it.
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Old May 31, 2013, 05:31 AM
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Wait,check it with crystal disk info,what does it say?
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Old May 31, 2013, 08:32 AM
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That is the HD's S.M.A.R.T. technology telling you it is at risk, threw an error.

S.M.A.R.T. - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

I've had many drives do this over the years and not one of them actually failed. I now ignore this message.

You should always be doing backups anyways. HD fails, pop in a new one and restore. Simple.
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