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Smart Self Drive Test, Smart Short Drive Test and Targeted Read Test

Smart Self Drive Test, Smart Short Drive Test and Targeted Read Test


All the above options keep coming up with the status option of a red cross after I have carried out a hardware scan, can you tell what I have to do to correct this.  I have a Desktop H520s.  It is out of warranty.

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Re: Smart Self Drive Test, Smart Short Drive Test and Targeted Read Test

Hi whitedesire , 


Welcome to the Community Forums.


Best that you back up all your files are the harddrive would soon fail.

SMART test are harddrive integrity test that pre warns before it crashes and that you may need to change the harddrive very soon.  You may need to create your installer media too. 


Hope this help answer your query.



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Re: Smart Self Drive Test, Smart Short Drive Test and Targeted Read Test

The SMART (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology) tests are built into the drive, so the hard drive is basically reporting that it is failing its own self tests, and that is never a good sign, so Backup any and all important files, stored passwords, and settings (email etc) immediately, and plan on replacing the hard drive.      


The good news is that one can be found fairly cheep, but do try to get a good 7,200 rpm drive if you can, because your system will perform much better with a faster drive than with a slower 5400 rpm drive.    A Solid State Drive (SSD) would even be better, but you would probably need two drives, a faster SSD to for booting Windows, and a larger, but slower, regular hard drive for saving data.


Once you data backup is complete, download a small program called Magic Jellybean Keyfinder and save any product keys if finds as a .txt file. and then either email it to yourself, or save it somewhere other than the failing disk


If have not already done so, and might still be able to create the Lenovo Recovery Disks, but you can also just download installation media for Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 directly from Microsoft using is media creation tool., and then install Windows again clean.    


Note:  If your system came with windows 7 your Windows Product Key should be on a sticker, but if it came with Windows 8.1 or 10, then the key will most likely be stored in the BIOS and applied automatically during the install of Windows to the new HD.


You could also take it to a good local computer and have them install the new hard drive, and with some luck image your old drive over to the new one...   There is always the neighbor kid that never seems to go outside too.


Good Luck,

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