Init SMART Fail is one very common failure in Seagate F3 hard drives. In most cases, it is very easy to fix this firmware corruption by DFL ST hdd repair program but for some cases, it can be difficult.
The common error messages are as below:
Max Wr Retries = 00, Max Rd Retries = 00, Max ECC T-Level = 16, Max Certify Rewrite Retries = 2DF8
Init SMART Fail
ASCII Diag mode
In DFL Seagate hdd firmware repair program, users can go to menu Common Functions > Common Repair > F3 Smart Fix.
Before using above one click functions, users need to make sure in the COM terminal, users are able to get F3 T> and the hdd is not SA locked.
Sometimes above case is caused by bad sectors in SA. This one is not easy to fix. But DFL users are also able to fix most cases by accessing the smart SYS file in ABA mode.
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