What do I do if I Get an Alert?

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If you get the Skull and Cross Bones window (below), then back up your data ... Now!

Do NOT recycle power on your PC (if you can help it). This is because recycling power puts the greatest amount of stress on disk drives, and it is possible your drive will not spin up again after spinning down.

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This window will pop up under two conditions only:
1.You have the disk in SMART test mode (which is automatically set by SMARTMon, unless you choose to override.  
2.The SMART firmware in your disk detected a condition where a failure is imminent.  

Sometimes you have a few hours. Other times the drive will work for weeks. If your drive is sophisticated enough to report detailed sense information, then S.M.A.R.T. Disk Monitor will display it.

Contact technical support and give them the reported message. Sometimes they can give you a very good indication on whether your disk will last for hours, days, or even weeks.