The computer initially started running slower than normal (not always, but occasionally). I did virus and spyware checks, and it always turned up clean.
About 2 months ago, I first received a message upon boot-up which read:
Primary Matter Hard Disk S.M.A.R.T. status bad.
WARNING: Immediate back-up your data and replace your hard disk drive. A failure may be imminent.
Naturally, I was quite concerned. This happened several times on consecutive boots -- and a few of those times, the computer would not boot at all.
After doing a CHKDSK and defragging my HD, everything seemed okay.
A week later, it started doing it again -- for several days in a row. Then it was fine was nearly 5 weeks.
Now, it's started again, on two consecutive boots. It has been booting up after I clicked "continue", but something is not right.
I cannot afford to replace my HD at this time. Most of my essential files are backed up onto several CDs, however, I'd hate to lose my HD.
Is anyone familiar with this problem? Is it something which can be rectified easily? Do I seriously need to consider getting another HD?
Any advice would be most welcomed. Thank you.