I have a windows 98 platform on an HP Pavilion computer. I have been receiving help for a combination of spyware and hardware problems on another forum Link.
Begining a couple of days ago, my computer began to give this message at the start up: SMART failure predicted on Hard Disk 0: Maxtor 96147 U8 - (PM). Immediately back up all your files and (this last part I'm trying to remember) replace your hard disk.
The computer guy had suggested I upgrade to Windows XP as a way of avoiding the way Windows 98 has of poorly using the system resources, which was my prior problem on the system.
How serious is this message? It sounds like my computer is about to die... can this be fixed, and would upgrading to XP still be possible, or recommended? Do I really need to buy a new hard drive, and how much will that cost.
Thanks for all your help.
Edited by lbr_008, 20 November 2005 - 11:51 PM.