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Updated by Tracy King on Apr 12, 2024
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How to fix SMART Status Bad Backup and Replace Error on hard disk? The first thing you need to do is back up your failing hard drive. Next, use the three useful methods to resolve Smart errors.

  1. What Is SMART Status Bad Backup and Replace Error 
  2. How to Repair HDD S.M.A.R.T. Status BAD Error with Free Software
  3. How to Disable SMART Error Screen in BIOS
  4. How to Backup After SMART Status Bad Error Happens
  5. Rescue Data from HDD When SMART Status Bad Backup and Replace Error Occurs

What Is SMART Status Bad Backup and Replace Error 

The S.M.A.R.T. Status BAD: Backup and Replace, is a warning that the system's hard drive has failed, or is likely to fail in the near future. If you can boot into the operating system (OS), back up the data from the failing drive to another location.

When S.M.A.R.T. data indicates a possible imminent drive failure, software running on the host system may notify the user so stored data can be copied to another storage device, preventing data loss, and the failing drive can be replaced.

If you receive the message "S.M.A.R.T. Capable and Status BAD…Pri Master Hard Disk: S.M.A.R.T. Status BAD, Backup and Replace Press F1 to Resume" when booting a PC that is running Windows 10/8/7, it indicates that something has gone wrong with the boot disk.

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How to Repair HDD S.M.A.R.T. Status BAD Error with Free Software

How do you fix the S.M.A.R.T. error on the hard disk? After backing up all the data, you can follow the methods below to repair the S.M.A.R.T Status BAD, Backup, and Replace error.

Method 1: Windows hard drive repair utility

As long as you're running the Windows operating system, this free hard drive repair utility is available to use. Set it as a prior choice when the smart error occurs.

Step 1: In Windows 7, click "Start" -> "Computer", in Windows 10, click "File Explore". 

Step 2: Right-click on any one partition on the hard disk with a SMART failure error.

Step 3: Select "Properties" -> "Tools" and hit "Check now" under "Error-checking."

Step 4: Enable the "Automatically fix file system errors" and "Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors" options.

Step 5: Click on "Start" to begin the process.

use windows free utility to fix smart error automatically

Method 2: Use EaseUS free partition management Software to fix Smart error

When you start your computer and get the Smart status bad error, you can use EaseUS free partition manager to check and repair bad sectors on the hard drive that cause the problem. EaseUS Partition Master helps you fix the corrupted file system and repair bad sectors with a few clicks.

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Step 1. Right-click the target partition that has a problem.

Step 2. Choose "Advanced" > "Check File System".

Step 3. Confirm if you want to hide the partition or not.

Step 4. In the Check File System window, check the "Try to fix errors if found" option.

Step 5. Click "Start" to check errors on your partition.

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How to Disable SMART Error Screen in BIOS

SMART is also known as SMART self-test. It can be easily disabled from the BIOS. All system manufacturers in the world strongly discourage disabling this bug. However, it can be disabled if the user is not serious about the stored data. This part of the tutorial can be used to disable the error. Before you begin, prepare the following:

  1. PC
  2. Internet connection in some cases
  3. The HDD that encounters the error

Step 1: Reboot your computer, and then press the F2 or Del key. 

Step 2. Then go to "Advanced > SMART settings > SMART self-test." This setting is enabled by default. Set it to Disabled.  

How to Backup After SMART Status Bad Error Happens

When you are troubled by the "Hard drive SMART status bad backup and replacement" error in Windows 11/10/8/7, j suggests that you should back up all the data present in the hard drive and replace it with a new one as soon as possible.

Obviously, a hard drive data backup utility is your reliable assistant to help you save your important data easily and efficiently. It is recommended that you use EaseUS Todo Backup. It can back up files, pictures, videos, etc. on the hard disk, operating system, partition or entire disk in Windows desktop or WinPE.

Here are the steps:

Step 1. Click the "Select backup contents" button to start backup.

create file backup step1

Step 2. There are four data backup categories, File, Disk, OS, and Mail, click File.

create file backup step2

Step 3. Both local and network files will be listed on the left. You can expand the directory to select the files to be backed up.

File backup

Step 4. Follow the on-screen guide, select the destination where you want to save the backup.

File backup step4

Click "Options" to encrypt the backup with password in "Backup Options", set the backup schedule and choose to start back up at certain event in "Backup Scheme". There are also many other options you can explore, customize the backup task according to your need.

Backup options

Step 5. You can store the backup to local drive, EaseUS's cloud service, and NAS.

file backup step4

Step 6. EaseUS Todo Backup enables users to back up data to both third-party cloud drive and its own cloud drive.

If you want to back up data to third-party cloud drive, choose Local Drive, scroll down to add Cloud Device, add and login your account.

Backup to cloud
You can also choose EaseUS's own cloud drive. Click EaseUS Cloud, sign up with your EaseUS Account and log in.

backup to easeus cloud

Step 7. Click "Backup Now" to start backup. After the backup task is completed, it will be displayed in the form of a card on the left side of the panel. Right-click the backup task to further manage it.

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Rescue Data from HDD When SMART Status Bad Backup and Replace Error Occurs

When a S.M.A.R.T Status BAD error appears, your hard disk may crash at any time. If your computer can boot properly, immediately back up and store your important files on an external hard drive.  If your system fails to boot for the Smart error and the hard drive might have corrupted, how to recover data from a corrupted hard drive?  

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard enables you to recover and back up files from a failed hard drive in WinPE mode. You can create a bootable USB first, then boot from Data Recovery Wizard WinPE bootable disk to recover data from a corrupted or dead.

Using this powerful data recovery software, you can recover files from emptied Recycle Bin, memory card, flash drive, and hard drive because of accidental deletion, OS crash, storage device damage, virus attack, and so on.

Download the EaseUS data recovery tool to recover files from the failed hard drive in the WinPE recovery environment. 

Step 1. Create a bootable disk

Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, choose "Crashed PC Recovery" and click "Go to Recover".

choose crashed pc recovery

Select an empty USB to create the bootable drive and click "Create".

Warning: When you create a bootable disk, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard will erase all data saved in the USB drive. Back up important data beforehand. 

create bootable USB

Step 2. Boot your computer from the bootable USB

Connect the bootable disk to the PC that won't boot and change your computer boot sequence in BIOS. For most users, it works well when they restart their computer and press F2 simultaneously to enter BIOS.

Set to boot the PC from "Removable Devices" (bootable USB disk) beyond Hard Drive. Press "F10" to save and exit.

restart from bootable USB

Step 3. Recover data from a crashed system/PC

After booting from EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard bootable disk, select the drive you want to scan to find all your lost files. Preview and recover the files you need to a safe location.

recover lost files


When encountering the "SMART status bad, backup and replace press F1 to resume" issue, take an instant action to restore and back up your files at first. Then, try to troubleshoot with the solutions on this page.

If you have any questions during the process, contact our technical support team for help. Email to [email protected].

S.M.A.R.T. Status Bad Error FAQs

If you also have any of the following frequently asked Smart error fix questions, find solutions here.

1. How do I fix the bad Smart status issue?

  • Reboot your computer and recover the data
  • Disable S.M.A.R.T error from the BIOS
  • Check bad sectors on the hard drive
  • Back up and replace the hard drive 

2. What causes smart hard disk errors?

The SMART status bad error may be caused by bad sectors on the hard drive. In this case, you can try to run chkdsk to fix the corrupted file system and bad sectors and fix the SMART hard disk error.

3. How do I fix a smart hard drive to detect imminent failure?

Error message: "Hard disk failure is imminent. Please back up your hard disk and have it replaced. Press F18 for Setup. F2 to Continue.” 

Hard disk failure is an imminent error is a common issue reported by SMART in different computers, such as HP, ASUS, Lenovo, etc. When your computer displays hard disk failure imminent, it means your hard drive right now is not yet dead but will be sooner or later. So, back up your crucial files instantly and fix the error using the disk check utility.

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Updated by Tracy King

Tracy became a member of the EaseUS content team in 2013. Being a technical writer for over 10 years, she is enthusiastic about sharing tips to assist readers in resolving complex issues in disk management, file transfer, PC & Mac performance optimization, etc., like an expert.

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Written by Jean

Jean is recognized as one of the most professional writers in EaseUS. She has kept improving her writing skills over the past 10 years and helped millions of her readers solve their tech problems on PC, Mac, and iOS devices.

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