What does the end-to-end error mean? This error often appears on certain hard drive brands like Samsung, Seagate, IBM (Hitachi), Western Digital, and Hewlett-Packard (HP), and Maxtor. This is because these hard drives are usually detected by the HP SMART technology or other manufacturers’ hard drive I/O error detection technologies.
The error often indicates an imminent hard drive failure. So, we highly recommend you back up the hard drive as soon as possible. According to a survey, bad sectors are the main cause behind the HP SMART hard disk error. Other factors like overheating disk temperature and fragmentation are also responsible for the error.
Solution 1. Use CHKDSK to Repair Hard Drive
A faulty hard drive often throws the end-to-end error message. If there are bad sectors on the hard drive, you may get the error message. Here you can use the CHKDSK utility to shield the bad sectors.
Step 1. Type cmd in the pursuit box, and afterward right-click the Command Prompt application and select Run as head.
Step 2. Type chkdsk /f /r command in the elevated command prompt and hit Enter.
Step 3. Then type Y to confirm this operation. After that, this command will scan the hard drive and mark the bad sectors as unusable.
Solution 2. Use Hard Drive Defragmenter
In order to optimize your hard disk or handle fragmentation, you can run the Disk Defragmenter. For that:
Step 1. Open the File Explorer by pressing Win + E keys and click on This PC.
Step 2. Right click problematic drive under the Devices and drives section and select Properties.
Step 3. Go to the Tools tab and click on Optimise under the Optimise and defragment drive section.
Step 4. Select the faulty drive and click on Optimise. Then follow the on-screen prompts to complete the operation.
Solution 3. Reduce the Disk Temperature
If your hard drive exceeds the maximum temperature, you may receive the end-to-end error message. To reduce the disk temperature, make sure that your computer provides enough ventilation and all the coolers work normally.
The simplest method of improving the ventilation for your hard drive is to clean the dust on your computer fan and air vents. To do so, you can follow this simple guide.
Step 1. Press the Power button to turn off your computer entirely, and then disconnect any power supply and all peripherals.
Step 2. Flip it to the backside of your laptop and remove its battery.
Step 3. Here you will find the air vents on the outer edge and you can use a screwdriver to open the panel. After that, you should see the fan underneath the vents.
Step 4. Now, you can use a soft brush to get rid of the dust accumulation carefully. Once you clean up the dust, put everything back together.
Tip: Also, there are some different measures that can increase ventilation by upgrading your CPU fan or adding a case fan.
Solution 4. Disable the SMART Self-Test Feature in BIOS
If the HP SMART hard disk error message still appears, you can try disabling the SMART self-test feature in BIOS. Here is a step-by-step guide for you.
Step 1. Restart your computer. Once the manufacturer’s loading screen appears, press the F2 or Delete key immediately so that you can enter BIOS.
Tip: Since the BIOS hotkeys vary on different PC brands, you’d better check the manual of manufacturer and press the right hotkeys to enter BIOS.
Step 2. In the BIOS Setup Utility window, go to the Advanced tab and then select the SAMRT settings option.
Step 3. Navigate to the SMART self-test section and set its value to Disabled. Then press F10 or Enter key to saving the change.
Now, you can restart your system and see if the end-to-end error has gone away.
Solution 5. Get a new Hard Drive
If the Hewlett-Packard hard drive failure error message still persists after trying all the above solutions, you may have to consider replacing the faulty hard drive with a new one. As you know, the SMART end-to-end error often indicates a physical damage on your hard drive. So, it is impossible to completely get rid of all errors on the hard drive.