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Old 07-27-2013, 07:31 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I never added any additional programs to our old laptop and it gave a warning message before the drive failed, giving us time to copy everything over to a new replacement while it was still readable. Just an HP with Windows XP.
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Old 07-28-2013, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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Why not pick up Raid 2 4-8 TB Mirrored External HDD Backup drive and use it to store all your music, pictures and videos with S.M.A.R.T like others have said.

As well as having a it stand alone and be password encrypted some 64GB-128GB flash drives that are password encrypted as well good old fashioned DVD+RW or BD-R hardcopies burned.
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Old 07-28-2013, 02:06 PM
 
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Why not pick up Raid 2 4-8 TB Mirrored External HDD Backup drive and use it to store all your music, pictures and videos with S.M.A.R.T like others have said.

As well as having a it stand alone and be password encrypted some 64GB-128GB flash drives that are password encrypted as well good old fashioned DVD+RW or BD-R hardcopies burned.
RAID 2 is useless and is not used anymore.
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Old 07-28-2013, 02:57 PM
 
Location: USA, Nebraska
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Check out HDDRegen, may be recoverable before you give up hope.
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Old 07-29-2013, 06:01 AM
 
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All Current BIOS' have S.M.A.R.T monitoring built in, if it is tripped you should get a warning during POST. I have found that 9 times out of 10 a drive will die with no warning at all, or you'll have disk errors in the event log due to bad blocks and S.M.A.R.T. hasn't tripped at all, so it's not all that reliable.
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