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Hard Disk status BAD

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Hi! I'm new to this site, but it was highly recommended to me.

I am home from college and my parents are having problems with their desktop computer. They have been receiving this message:

USB(s): 1 Mouse, 4 Storage Deices
Auto-Detecting Pri Master...IDE Hard Disk
Auto-Detecting Sec Master...ATAPI CD-ROM
Auto Detecting Sec Slave...ATAPI CD-ROM
Pri Master: SAMSUNG SP1604N TM100-24
Ultra DMA Mode-5, S.M.A.R.T. Capable and Status BAD
Sec Master: HP DVD Writer 400 HH26
Ultra DMA Mode-2
Sec Slave: HL-DT-STDVD-ROM GDR8163B 0C21
Ultra DMA Mode-2
Auto-Detecting USB Mass Storage Devices..
Device #01:
Device #02:
Device #03:
Device #04:
04 USB mass storage devices found and configured.

Pri Master Hard Disk: S.M.A.R.T. Status BAD, Backup and Replace
Press <F1> for Setup, <F2> to Continue

I am definitely not the best when it comes to computers. Can someone please help me? What does this message mean? What could have caused this to occur? How can this be fixed?

Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks!

Edited by SaiSai, 07 January 2009 - 12:40 AM.

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this part here says it all...

Pri Master Hard Disk: S.M.A.R.T. Status BAD, Backup and Replace

back up your data NOW... order/buy a new hard drive because the one you are currently using is about to die taking all your data with it if not backed up
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