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cwalter

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I have a Compaq Presario V2000 laptop running Window XP (I've probably had it about 5 or 6 years). Within in the last few weeks, upon startup, I get a black screen telling me "SMART failure predicted on Hard Disk0: ST960812A" and to back up my files and basically get a new hard drive and to hit F1 to continue. I have been hitting F1 and the computer starts and runs like normal...

Is there some way around this...to tell if my hard drive really is going bad...or if this is fixable? Or should I be shopping for a new computer/hard drive"?
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Hi cwalter
I suggest that you back up all important data asap and don`t do any testing until you have done this, testing the drive will stress it and may cause it to fail.
The SMART facility is not infallible and it does sometimes show flaky reports but not very often, for more info see http://www.smarthdd.com/en/
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ok. I've backed everything up. Is there any testing I should do now?
Thanks!
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Glad to hear you have safely secured your data :thumbsup:

Run hard drive diagnostics
Make sure, you select the tool which is appropriate for the brand of your hard drive, Seatools in this instance;
http://www.tacktech....ay.cfm?ttid=287
Depending on the program, it'll create bootable floppy or bootable CD.
If the downloaded file is the .iso type use ImgBurn: http://www.imgburn.com/ to burn .iso file to a CD (select "Write image file to disc" option), and make the CD bootable

Thanks to Broni for the instructions :thumbsup:
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