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How to Quickly Backup Computer When SMART Hard Drive Error Occurs

Posted on Dec 23, 2015 by Jean to Todo Backup Resource

Seeing your computer hard drive dying with S.M.A.R.T (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology) errors? Above all, learn how to quickly backup computer when SMART hard drive error occurs with EaseUS Todo Backup.

What Is S.M.A.R.T?

S.M.A.R.T refers to Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology, it's a firmware residing on most reliable hard drives. It is developed to monitor hard drive such as its performance and error rates. When you receive SMART hard disk error messages, it means that your computer hard drive is detected with imminent failure, and you should immediately backup computer when SMART hard drive error occurs.

SMART hard disk error reports don't prevent hard drive failures but a signal telling you to watch out. The causes of an imminent hard drive failure vary, which might be hard drive updates problems or because it's ailing. people should take advantage of the SMART technology known as predictive failure analysis and backup the contents on your computer hard drive as soon as possible.

What Should You Backup When SMART Hard Drive Error Occurs?

Take it easy when receiving SMART hard drive errors, and you still have time to keep the data safe. Here is the problem. What should you backup on your computer hard drive? How long will it take for the backup process? Is it complicated to perform? In fact, different people have different backup demands, so next we're going to make it clear by introducing the following backup solutions with EaseUS Todo Backup, a reliable and free backup software.

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Solution 1. Clone hard disk

SMART disk errors usually occur when detected imminent hard drive failure. If the hard drive can't be fixed, then you'll have to replace the hard drive with a new one. At this moment, it's a good choice to clone the failing hard drive with EaseUS Todo Backup, so you won't need to reinstall Windows operating system and applications and keep an identical new hard drive without a single data loss.

  • Guide for disk clone with EaseUS Todo Backup

1. Launch EaseUS Todo Backup and click Clone.

2. Select source disk you want to clone.

select source disk to clone

3. Select the destination disk. Sector by sector clone option enables you to clone all sectors from source disk to destination disk. You can preview the disk layout in advance, and then click Proceed to execute disk cloning.

select destination disk 

Solution 2. Backup disk/partition/files/system

Cloning disk seems the most energy-efficient option to protect hard drive data, however, it's not always the best. Most of the time when SMART detects hard drive failure, the issue can be easily settled and the hard drive can still be used for years. So at this moment, having a backup of some important data and files is preferred. EaseUS Todo Backup allows disk/partition backup, system backup, file backup like photos, music, movies and documents.

  • Guide for a regular backup with EaseUS Todo Backup

1. Launch EaseUS Todo Backup and choose the backup option among Disk/Partition backup, system backup, file backup and other backups that works the best for you.

2. Choose a backup destination. You can save the backup image to external hard drive, USB drive, NAS. Large size files like photos and movies can be saved to Cloud storage services including OneDrive, Dropbox and Google Drive.

choose backup location

3. Click Proceed to complete the task.

The solutions above are given for people with different backup demands according to specific hard drive failures. Hope everyone can quickly and safely backup computer when SMART hard drive error occurs.