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Aisling Doherty Level 1 (15 points)

Just tried to install Lion and am now getting a message telling me .This disk has S.M.A.R.T errors and has hardware problems that cannot be repaired. Does this really mean that the harddrive is shot and needs to be replaced?

Is Lion responsible for this? The computer has been working perfectly until I attempted this install.

iMacG5, imac 21.5
  • philippe_spiner Level 1 (0 points)

    I get the same error... Anybody got any idea? My mac is working perfectly as it is, but cannot install Lion... help!?!

  • Jeffrey Stonebraker Level 1 (10 points)

    Same error for me on an iMac.

  • Ajccoach Level 1 (0 points)

    Same problem.  Downloaded Lion last night and SMART error when I tried to install.  No previous problems or errors with my iMac.

  • LilJohnGK Level 1 (0 points)

    Getting the same problem! Never had a problem with my mac till this.

  • zelaurent Level 1 (0 points)

    I've got exacty the same problem with my iMac 27". I have a 1Go HDD split with BootCamp. I don't know if it's related.

  • Ajccoach Level 1 (0 points)

    I used bootcamp to run Windows 7.  I used the maximum space available but very soon got error messages saying that the disk was full and was in danger of failing.  So, I removed the partition (it was supposed to be a long procedure but happened very quickly).  Since then I have had no error messages until I attempted to install Lion.  I have checked the disk with Disk Utility and Smart Reporter and they both verify that the disk is close to failure.  Maybe it is related....

  • BigbCStylez Level 1 (0 points)

    Same error here. Called Apple and they seem lost told me to back up everything just in case, but seems to be a common issue. No issues with my Mac up until now, might just decide to stay on Snow Leopard for now... My Wife's Macbook pro updated without issue.

  • wchachar Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks OS Lion for ruining my night!!! (( dude I am so freaking mad. I got the same error. I was so excited but know cant seem to get rid of this error even with diskwarrior. I ran diskwarrior, thought that will fix it but didnt work. PLEASE HELP!!!!!!

  • TyatKU Level 1 (0 points)

    I've got a 27" iMac late 2009 with the same issue. It was my first Mac and thought to myself "It's a desktop, why would I need AppleCare?"


    I bought my 15" Macbook pro one year later with the applecare, but of COURSE the problem is with my iMac.

  • philippe_spiner Level 1 (0 points)

    I've got a 27" iMac late 2009 as well. Think they could all have a disk problem?

  • iFahad Level 1 (0 points)

    i've got 21.5" iMac and had the same problem!! i guess all iMacs has same issue i also have Macbook pro and lion works fine!


    I sugges let us keep post in this thread in order to see how we are going to fix this issue



  • pem317 Level 1 (0 points)

    I am having the same issue. I have a 27in iMac and tried downloading the new software today. It said "This disk has S.M.A.R.T. errors. This disk has a hardware problem that can't be repaired...." I got my iMac last year and didn't get the Apple Care..thinking I would have no issues. I had no problems until today when I ran into this...What's going on????

  • pem317 Level 1 (0 points)

    oh and on top of that.. I installed it in my Macbook Pro worked fine. 

  • Aisling Doherty Level 1 (15 points)

    So its not just me that encountered this problem after attempting to install Lion.


    I went through a disk repair with apple support but it didn't work and they advised that I have no option but to take it to an Apple store for repair or replacement.


    But if people other than me have had this experience does that mean that we all just happen to have failing hard drives at the same time or is Lion responsible for this problem .

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