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Error on start up

When starting up i get a dark screen and message saying SMART Failure. Replace hard drive as soon as you can. Just started to show up past couple of days.

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Yes, it's your harddrive is bad (SMART, it could be defective sector too).
You should start to backup your data and replace harddrive.

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