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Hard disk failure

I have a gateway laptop and a window pops up again n again reading backup files and hard disk failure i dont know what to do

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What exactly does the error say?

The safest thing to do is to stop powering up the hard drive. Get a new hard drive and adapter cable to pull the data off the old hard drive (secondary) and onto the new hard drive (primary) after the new hard drive has been formatted.

If you don't feel you can safely do that, you may want to seek the assistance of someone who can or a company that provides hard drive recovery services.

A hard disk failure error typically indicates the hard drive has (or is about to) fail and become useless.

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