SMART failure!

  hiwatt 16:44 22 Mar 2012

Hi folks.My brother's laptop when booting is saying "SMART Failure predicted on Hard disc 0:Hitachi.(Back up data etc)Warning a failure may be imminent.Press F1 to continue. When you press F1 it then boots to windows vista.There is no important data on the machine.I have done a factory reset,he just want's it functioning.I have ran chkdsk.Is there anything else I can do to stop this message(bar replacing the hard drive) as the drive "seems" to be fine once booted to windows.I also ran sfc /scannow which found some corrupt files but was unable to repair them?Any help/advice is much appreciated.

  lotvic 17:32 24 Mar 2012

Windows Vista Direct Download Links (Digital River is Microsoft's official distribution partner, so these downloads are secure and legit) hopefully the version you need is still available to download - not all of them are now.

"Important notice: Windows Vista will reach its end of life on 10 April 2012. That'll probably mean the end of this download source as well. So don't wait too long to download, and remember to back up the files"

  hiwatt 19:45 24 Mar 2012

@Chronus there is no real need to back up the drive as there is nothing at all on it. My brother knows the laptop is on it's way out and is a few years old anyway!He just wants it to surf the net untill he can get a new one.There is nothing important going on it.I managed to reset it to factory settings and install avast etc it's just that when installing "certain" updates it's reverting back to factory install without any other options.Might have to install the updates one by one to see which one it is that's causing the problem.Thanks for the help folks.

  lotvic 21:03 24 Mar 2012

"He just wants it to surf the net untill he can get a new one"

OK, he can surf the net for as long as the harddrive lasts. Personally I wouldn't waste my time trying to nurse a dying drive.

I misunderstood, I thought you meant a new harddrive, seems that you meant a new pc.

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