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Troubleshoot and Bypass SMART Failure in Windows 2024 [Full Guide]

This tutorial will provide you with step-by-step solutions to troubleshoot and bypass SMART failure issues in Windows, ensuring the best performance of your disk.

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Updated by Oliver on Apr 09, 2024
Written by Tracy King

SMART stands for Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology. Hard drives are designed with this feature to monitor performance and health-related elements. It's crucial to get notifications of possible hard disk failure and enable them to take preventative action. If you are encountering a bypass SMART failure in Windows, EaseUS releases this guide to help you comprehend the potential causes and solutions to fix it. Let's dive into the topic.

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Whatever the cause of your bypass SMART failure, you can fix it using the techniques described in the next section. Let's determine what will work best for you.

Troubleshoot and Bypass SMART Failure Issues on Hard Drives [4 Methods]

Here is the list of solutions to troubleshoot and bypass SMART failure errors instantly:

Methods Duration Who Will Need It
1️⃣Disable SMART in BIOS 5-10 minutes Advanced users
2️⃣Use SMART Test Software Less than five minutes All users 
3️⃣Check and Fix File System Error 5-10 minutes Beginners
4️⃣Defrag Hard Drive 3-5 minutes Beginners

Regardless of your level of computer expertise, each option offers a viable fix for the SMART failure problem. We have provided complete instructions to assist you in every way possible. Additionally, we advise you to create a prior backup to prevent data loss.

1. Disable SMART in BIOS 

When SMART is enabled in BIOS settings, the system automatically detects and warns you with an error message when it finds a potential hard drive failure. It could be a real error or, just as mentioned, a potential issue. So you can first disable it from BIOS before moving on.

Pros Cons
  • It can slightly improve system performance.
  • Resolve compatibility issues in old drives.
  • The system fails to detect any hard drive failures.

Step 1: Restart your system, and when the Windows logo appears, continuously press a specific key to access BIOS settings. Usually, it is F2, F8, F12, and DEL keys to enter BIOS. 

Additionally, If you're unsure, you can find the key online by entering the modal number of your laptop or computer.

📝Note: This method is not recommended for beginners. You can skip to the second method to fix the issue.

Step 2: Once you enter the BIOS interface, use arrow keys to navigate the Hardware, Hard disk, or something related to storage. 

Step 3: You will encounter the "S.M.A.R.T" option.

Step 4: Expand SMART and select "Disable". 

Disable SMART in BIOS

Step 5: Select "Save and Exit" and press "Y" to confirm changes.

2. Use SMART Test Software - EaseUS Partition Master

If you encounter bypass SMART failure in your Windows computer, disabling or resetting the SMART may not be helpful. You will need efficient SMART test software to fix the issue. EaseUS Partition Master is a one-stop solution that works perfectly on all Windows versions. All you need to do is, simply install the free version of this test tool and follow the given steps for good indication. 

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Pros Cons
  • Easy-to-access SMART features
  • User-friendly interface to quickly solve SMART issues.
  • Limited Functionality in Free Version.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Partition Master and click the blue arrow to activate the "Disk Health" feature under the "Discovery" section.

click the bule arrow

Step 2. Select the target disk and click the "Refresh" button. Then, you can see the health condition of your disk.

choose the target disk

Video Tutorial on Testing SSD S.M.A.R.T State

Here, we also created a detailed video tutorial for you to follow and test the S.M.A.R.T state of your SSD. 

3. Check and Fix File System Error 

Another way to fix bypass SMART Failure is by checking the file system integrity of your disk and fixing errors. We will introduce you to Windows's built-in check file system feature.

Pros Cons
  • It ensures the integrity and improves system performance.
  • It avoids potential crashes or system failures.
The check and fix process can be time-consuming.

It efficiently performs a scan on the drive and enables users to take proper action on any potential file system error. Here are the steps: 

Step 1: Open "File Explorer" and double-click "This PC".

Step 2: Select your system drive (C-drive) and right-click on it.

Step 3: Click on "Properties" to explore more options.

Step 4: Select the "Tools" tab from the top menu and click the "Check" button under the "Error Checking" button. 

Check file system on disk with SMART failure

Step 5: Select the "Scan Drive" option under the pop-up "You don't need to scan this drive".

Select scan drive

Now the scan will start to look for any file system issues. You can fix any errors found after scanning the drive

4. Defrag Hard Drive 

Sometimes, disk fragmentation can be the reason for SMART failure. Hence, you are required to defrag the hard drive.

Pros Cons
  • Rearranges fragmented files, resulting in faster access times
  • Extend the life of a hard drive
Possibility of file corruption and data loss

Quickly perform disk defragmentation by following these steps:

Step 1: Go to Windows "Search bar" and type "Disk Defragmenter".

Open defragment feature

Step 2: Select the first option from the results.

Step 3: Choose the drive and click the ''Defragment Disk'' option.

Bypass SMART Failure: What You Should Know

SMART is a self-diagnostic tool designed to monitor drive conditions based on error rates and performance. A SMART failure occurs when the Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology (SMART) system in a computer's hard drive notices potential issues or warning signals of impending failure. There can be some common symptoms of SMART failure, such as slow performance, high temperature, frequent crashes, virus attacks, and error messages. 

The early warning system by SMART technology enables users to take preventive action before a catastrophic breakdown. If you encounter a bypass SMART failure in your Windows computer, the first step you should do is to create a backup of your data to avoid any unexpected data loss. 

Whatever the cause of your bypass SMART failure, you can fix it using the techniques described above. 


This guide covers the possible solution to fix the SMART failure error. Moreover, we also introduced some measures to indicate the problem. Users can easily and quickly deal with the issue by using the measures and any solution mentioned above. We recommend you use EaseUS Partition Master as it is the most efficient and easiest way to rectify the bypass SMART failure problem in Windows.

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FAQs About Bypassing SMART Failure

If you have additional queries on this issue, please follow and find answers in this FAQs section.

1. Why is SMART failure predicted on the hard disk

SMART failure is predicted on a hard disk when it detects potential hardware issues or deteriorating conditions. Based on evaluating these factors, including read/write error rates, spin-up time, temperature, reallocated sectors, and several other metrics, SMART failure prediction on a hard disk is based. Users can take valid actions to stop data loss or drive failure altogether.

2. How do I skip SMART failure in BIOS

You can skip SMART failure in BIOS using the F1 key. However, skipping SMART failure in BIOS is not advisable because it can be a sign of problems with your hard disk. To avoid losing data, you should replace the failed hard disk.

3. What is the best SMART software for benchmark hard drive

EaseUS Partition Master is the best SMART software for benchmark hard drives. It is easy to use and supports all internal and external hard drives.

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Updated by Oliver

Oliver is an EaseUS professional writer who dares explore new areas. With a passion for solving tech issues with straightforward guides for common users, Oliver keeps honing his writing craft by developing in-depth solutions for disk and partition management, computer boot-up issues, file transfer, etc.

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Written 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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