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When i turn my laptop ( acer aspire 1642 WLMi) it reads as " SMART failure predicted on hard disk 0:ST960812A-(PM). Save ur data and press F1 to continue"
what should I do?

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  • ahmtqk Aug 01, 2008

    thanks for ur advice. i ve done the same. althugh bit expensive but the data was worth it. thanx once again

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Smart is a BIOS based harddrive testing utility, it is warning you that the harddrive is about to fail.
You should back up all your personal files as soon as possible and buy a new harddrive.

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you will need to contact the maker of the computer unless they tell you to take back to best buy ...

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