I ran the DOS disc test, both short and long forms, and both times I received the following warning "A SMART trip was detected prior to the test starting" even though in the initial display it showed that SMART was enabled and had not been tripped. I ran the tests anyway and the long form found one error which it repaired, and after this I ran the test again and received the same warning. Please can someone explain to me what is happening?
I also ran short test in windows version and DOS version. It failed in windows version but passed in DOS version. I'm curious that my hard drive is O.K. or not ? (actually it has some problem, i think. It can't install the windows and sometimes read the data very slow)
SeaTools has vendor-specific abilities, but does not give detailed information. If you want more detailed information about what is going on in the drive, you should try using smartmontools, or some other SMART disk software. My guess is that the main display only shows SMART tripped for serious errors, and that running the test gives indications of less critical SMART events, like a reallocated sector. If you use smartmontools, look for the attributes "Reallocated_Sector_Ct" and "Offline_Uncorrectable" to see if any sectors have gone bad. It is not uncommon to lose one or two sectors during the life of a drive.
I have just experienced a new nasty virus that hit one of the XP Pro machines I support. It penetrated Trend Micro OfficeScan without detection. The virus removed my ability to access regedit, taskmanager, Control Panel ect. Having no data on this workstation I went ahead and decided to reformat and reimage the drive. Unfortunately, I am unable to format the Maxtor Hard Drive. I ran the Seatools and am getting this same message about the SMART Trip Detected. Short (DST Tests) fail. Long test show repairs needed. I repair and the drive shows passed. Still same issue, I did full erase, still same issue.
I am concerned that this was caused by the virus and not a mechanical failure.