BCD missing/SMART failure predicted

December 18, 2009 at 19:41:52
Specs: Vista
Hello...When I turn on my laptop, my computer say:
SMART Failure Predicted on Hard Disk 0:ST9500325AS-(PM)

I talked to gateway customer service, they told me to use GWSCAN and that told me:
WARNING! One or more current or worst-case attributes are below threshold.
There was a star by...Re-allocated Sector Count

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December 18, 2009 at 19:52:17
There are two kinds of harddrive in the world. Those that have failed and those that will. Yours is in the latter category but is about to join the former. Backup your important data, and get a replacement drive. You will need to know whether you have a proper operating system instal disk or whether your restore/reinstal files are contained on a partition of the original drive.

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December 18, 2009 at 20:14:40
Technical answer: Each little area on the disk that can store data is called a sector. Hard drives come with some "extra" sectors so that when some "go bad" the extras can replace them. Your hard drive is running out of these extra sectors. That means when future sectors go bad, there will be nothing to replace them, and you will start seeing problems with read/writing data.

So, as suggested above, backup all of your data first, then get a new hard drive. Backing up is your priority, but after that you can do us a program like Easus ToDo Backup, Partition magic, Acronis True Image, etc. to "clone" your drive to a new one. Then it's just a matter of physically swapping the drives, and you will be right back in business. No need to reinstall Windows or anything.

PS: It is best that you don't do ANYTHING else on the computer until you have backed up your data. Turn it off, and leave it off until you are completely ready to backup.

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