"A S.M.A.R.T. error has been detected. The IDE Hard Disk Drive is operating outside of normal specifications. It is advisable to immediately back up your data and replace your hard-disk drive by calling your support desk or Dell Computer Corporation.
Press <Del> to Resume"
I pressed delete, and it said:
"We apologize for the inconvenience but Windows did not start successfully. A recent hardware or software change might have caused this."
It gave me the option of starting up in Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Networking, Safe Mode with Command Prompt, Last Known good configuration, or Start windows normally.
None of these will turn on the computer. It goes to the loading Microsoft screen, flashes blue once, and acts like it shut down. Then it goes back to the S.M.A.R.T. error screen. However, trying to start the computer in Safe Mode with Command Prompt brought up this screen:
"Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem.
Could not read from the selected boot disk. Check boot path and disk hardware disk hardware.
Please check windows documentation about hardware disk configuration and your hardware reference manuals for additional information."
Is there any hope for it, or do I have to go out and buy a new hard-disk drive?
Any help is appreciated, I'm at a lost.