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First allow me to begin by stating that I really am not computer savvy. I ran a dianostics test on my computer after having constant shut down issues and the drive failed with an error code BIOHD-8 and when I called HP tech support they said that I would need a new hard drive. That sounds very serious and expensive. Is there any point in buying a new hard drive or is this computer history?? Also, how do I recover files in this computer?? Thanks for any help you can provide.
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The BIOHD-8 error is a SMART failure error. This is an indication that the drive may die. It doesn't mean it will die, though all drives die eventually. They're just mechanical instruments that have innards that spin round 7200 a minute and like all mechanical things, they get worn out.

A SMART failure means the drive thinks it's going to die soon. It may die tomorrow, it may not die for another five years. Since you've already said you've had issues with that drive you are best advised to replace it.
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