How to Fix SMART Failure Predicted on Hard Disk – MiniTool

About SMART failure

When getting ‘Smart Failure Predicted on Hard Disk’ error message, you may first ask what smart failure is. Here I will give you the answer. SMART is a self-diagnostic utility that is built into an HDD and SSD to continuously monitors drive condition such as performance and error rates and reports the results to the system. It uses a technology known as predictive failure analysis to tell you a failure on hard disk is imminent, not an actual failure.

The reason?

A ‘Smart Failure Predicted on Hard Disk’ error message usually comes with WARNING: “Immediately back up your data and replace your hard disk drive. A failure may be imminent. Press F1 to Continue”.

To Repair SMART Hard Drive Failure

① Check and Fix Bad Sectors

Bad sectors are the main factor of SMART failure error on your hard drive. So, to check and fix the found bad sectors should be done.

1. Enter Windows Explorer.
2. Then, right-click the drive you want to check and choose Properties.
3. Under Tools tab, click Check now (Win 7) or Check (Win 10) button.

check bad sector

4. For Win 7, check Automatically fix file system errors and Scan for and attempt recovery or bad sectors options. Nex, click Start option to begin the operation.

For Win 10, directly click Scan drive to perform the drive checking.

Note that you can also choose to use command line “chkdsk /r” to repair bad sectors.

② Perform Disk Defragment

Sometime SMART hard disk error can be fixed by disk defragment. How to do this job?

  • In Windows 7, click Start button and type “Disk Defragmenter” to run this utility. Then, choose the target drive and click Defragment disk option.

win7 disk defrag

  • In Windows 10, input “defragment” in the Search box, then click Defragment and Optimize Drivestool. Select the target drive and click Optimize button to perform a disk defragment operation.

win10 disk defrag

What if these ways are not working to fix or disable SMART failure predicted on hard disk 0/1/2/4 error? The only way is to replace the failing hard drive with another hard drive containing the disk copy made by MiniTool programs – MiniTool ShadowMaker and MiniTool Partition Wizard. If SMART failure error happens on your system disk, you can directly boot your PC from the target disk without reinstalling OS.

Back up Computer in Case of SMART Failure

When receiving SMART hard disk error, take it easy. And you still have some time to keep your disk data safe. I’d like to suggest you to backup by using MiniTool backup programs.


Data Backup Software – MiniTool ShadowMaker

MiniTool ShadowMaker, a complete yet free backup software, can help you to back up your system, partition, and disk by its Backup feature. During the backup process, the selected partition data will be compressed to an image, saving much disk space. But here, I don’t suggest using this feature since recovery is a little troublesome when your hard disk failure happens.

Fortunately, another backup method – disk cloning can be done with this free backup software. Its Clone Disk feature can transfer all contents from one disk to another. Once your disk fails, the target disk can be used to directly replace it without reinstalling OS.

MiniTool had officially provided a tutorial on how to backup your computer in case of SMART failure occurs.