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184 End-to-End S.M.A.R.T error

Hi.

Since some time, S.M.A.R.T error started to appear during the initialization of BIOS.

HDD(Intel X25-M) self-tests completed without errors.

How can I remove this message? In the BIOS of my laptop(ASUS Ul50Vt, AMI Bios) there is no option to turn off smart check.

Thanks.

PS.

 

Details from SMART:

ID# ATTRIBUTE_NAME FLAG VALUE WORST THRESH TYPE UPDATED WHEN_FAILED RAW_VALUE 3 Spin_Up_Time 0x0020 100 100 000 Old_age Offline - 0 4 Start_Stop_Count 0x0030 100 100 000 Old_age Offline - 0 5 Reallocated_Sector_Ct 0x0032 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 1 9 Power_On_Hours 0x0032 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 179512 Power_Cycle_Count 0x0032 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 500192 Power-Off_Retract_Count 0x0032 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 110225 Load_Cycle_Count 0x0030 100 100 000 Old_age Offline - 20878226 Load-in_Time 0x0032 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 14845615227 Torq-amp_Count 0x0032 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 0228 Power-off_Retract_Count 0x0032 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 1035618455232 Available_Reservd_Space 0x0033 100 100 010 Pre-fail Always - 0233 Media_Wearout_Indicator 0x0032 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 0184 End-to-End_Error 0x0033 081 081 090 Pre-fail Always FAILING_NOW 19
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SMART attribute 184 (end-to-end error) indicates that the drive's on-PCB cache is going bad. The attribute is used to compare parity data between the original piece of data sent by the controller (in your PC/system) and the drive itself. This is not "bad system RAM", this is not "a bad motherboard", this is not "bad NAND flash on the SSD". It's bad cache on the SSD.

You cannot "remove the message" -- it's a hard indicator that your drive is beginning to fail (specifically the cache on the drive). You cannot "clear errors" in SMART.

Back up whatever data you can (unless you do periodic backups, in which case you should be okay / you can just restore from those), hope for the best, and file an RMA with Intel for your SSD. It needs to be replaced entirely.

Let this be a note to all readers -- SSDs can fail just like mechanical hard disks. They just fail in different ways than what people have historically come to expect. Please do backups regularly, regardless if you use an SSD or a mechanical HDD. Anything can fail (including your car! :-) ).