Over the weekend, I rebooted my PC (Dell XPS 8930), and the BIOS flashed the following error message on my screen: “Dell SupportAssist has detected a failing component on your system that requires immediate attention”. After plugging in the information it provided, it basically told me that a hard drive failure was imminent. FML!
Back in the day, if you turned on the computer and hear your hard drive clicking, you knew you were SOL. But this computer came with an SSD (solid state drive), and they apparently have a S.M.A.R.T. monitoring feature that detects and reports various indicators of drive reliability with the intent of anticipating imminent hardware failures. That’s what triggered the warning. Needless to say, I didn’t want to sit on this, as my drive could give out at any moment.
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