Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Windows detected a hard disk problem

I found this when logging in this morning:

Windows dialog

And some related events in the System event log:

Log Name:      System
Source:        Microsoft-Windows-DiskDiagnostic
Date:          26/08/2015 9:20:08 AM
Event ID:      1
Task Category: None
Level:         Critical
Keywords:     
User:          SYSTEM
Computer:      *****
Description:
Windows Disk Diagnostic detected a S.M.A.R.T. fault on disk ST500DM002-1BD142 (volumes D:\).  This disk might fail; back up your computer now. All data on the hard disk, including files, documents, pictures, programs, and settings might be lost if your hard disk fails.  To determine if the hard disk needs to be repaired or replaced, contact the manufacturer of your computer.  If you can't back up (for example, you have no CDs or other backup media), you should shut down your computer and restart when you have backup media available.  In the meantime, do not save any critical files to this disk.

Log Name:      System
Source:        disk
Date:          26/08/2015 9:20:07 AM
Event ID:      52
Task Category: None
Level:         Warning
Keywords:      Classic
User:          N/A
Computer:      *****
Description:
The driver has detected that device \Device\Harddisk0\DR0 has predicted that it will fail. Immediately back up your data and replace your hard disk drive. A failure may be imminent.

Log Name:      System
Source:        iaStorA
Date:          26/08/2015 9:04:54 AM
Event ID:      4102
Task Category: None
Level:         Error
Keywords:      Classic
User:          N/A
Computer:      *****
Description:
Error log: Smart event occured on disk :S2AXWXVT 

Fortunately, this is my D: drive. There’s only a couple of virtual machines there, but nothing I can’t recreate if necessary. That’s the first time I’ve seen hard disk SMART diagnostics kick in like that.

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