Hard disk drive failure imminent

  esw 11:23 02 Jul 2013
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Hi

When I start up my laptop I get the following message "Smart Failure Predicted on Hard Disk 1: Toshiba MK326 3GSX-(S7). WARNING-Immediately back up your data and replace your hard disk drive. A failure may be imminent. Press F1 to continue"

Is this something that needs fixing as a matter of urgency or can I carry on using my lap top for a while so long as I keep backing up important data. Also is this something that can be repaired or am I likely to need a new lap top? Thanks

  esw 11:41 02 Jul 2013

Thanks for your replies-I have had the laptop for about 4 years.

  Chronos the 2nd 11:45 02 Jul 2013

Here are a few programs to use to check on your HDD: Gizmos. But I would take it as read that your HDD is failing and you will need to do something about it sooner as opposed to later.

If you buy a new HDD now it might be possible to clone your existing drive and then just switch them over and all should be well. Failing that it will mean a clean install of Windows and everything esle, programs,updates ETC.

  esw 15:40 02 Jul 2013

Thanks for all the replies-much appreciated. I will look into getting a new hard drive as soon as possible.

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