You might wanna clean the cooling on that laptop, just to keep it alive a bit longer. Should also end the false-reporting issues with HDS.
Pointless ... it's a Dell
, been that way since day one (1), and their supposed support contract was useless - they basically ignore[d] assistance requests. However, I did check the fan, then bought a cooling stand for it. Right now, Coretemp reports CPU @183F ... in an hour or two, HDS will report the drive to be failing, scant hours left to save data. Then I shut it down ~15 min and start all over.
OK, the point isn't the Dell, it is that HD monitoring software, particularly if it is on the drive being checked, doesn't always give a clear picture. And SMART technology only goes so far. If you're old enough, and had an electronic bent, you'll be familiar with the old tube testers ... they could not tell you a particular vacuum tube was good, only if it was definitely bad. That's sorta where SMART & HDS stand: you can get predictions, but those predictions are based upon conditions extant at the time of the report.
, maintain a single-strike attitude. If a drive gives any indication of failing, don't rely upon it any longer than absolutely necessary. It's a mechanical device, and any mechanical device is subject to failure, even the SSDs. It pays to be paranoid about stuff like this
. Reporting software is good to have, but it can only give indications, not surety.
As far as backups go, I always remember the earlier days of MS-DOS. It was v2.3, I think. The backup [process] worked fine, but you couldn't restore it. Acronis' reputation notwithstanding (or CloneZilla's, or any other system's), I'm always dubious about the backups I make ... there've been too many restore failures
. Doesn't keep me from makin' 'em, but I don't have any real confidence in 'em