I signed up hoping that someone could help me with a problem I'm having. I'm not the most tech savvy person, but I can normally find and mostly understand a lot of information online when I'm having an issue thanks to places like this. My problem is that my computer will not start up as of last night. I got a message about failure being imminent the night before but was able to restart with no problems, but now it just stays on the Compaq screen with a few options like ESC and F10 and one more that I'm not remembering. The F buttons will not respond, but ESC will take me to a Boot Menu after a few minutes.
A different screen came up for a minute and I wrote down some of the message...
Primary Master Hard Disk S.M.A.R.T. Status Bad
Replace hard disk drive.
Immediate back up your data and replace your hard disk drive. A failure may be imminent.
My computer is a Compaq Presario SR1210NX
What I'm wondering is does this mean that I will need to get a new hard drive? I never made the recovery CD's, but I see that you can order them online but just from doing a bit of searching it seems that maybe that wouldn't be enough? I can't get past the Compaq screen to actually do anything on that computer, so I'm hoping someone could point me in the right direction as to what I should do. If I would need a new hard drive, would anyone have any idea what kind I should get or where to get it from? I'm really not all that worried about losing anything on the computer because I don't have anything all that important on it, so my main concern is just getting it up and running again as soon as possible.
I hope I've provided enough information and I would greatly appreciate any help that anyone might have. Thanks for taking the time to read this.