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Your system has diagnostics running and it's telling you to replace the hard drive before you lose everything. If you don't know how to replace the hard drive, please contact your local friendly pc technician.

Posted on Apr 05, 2011

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    Steve Allison Apr 05, 2011

    Many drives are equipped to monitor their own condition and when it has to work too hard to retrieve or write files, it means the drive has a very limited time to remain addressable. You can read about this here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S.M.A.R.T.
    You need to back up any irreplaceable fines NOW or risk losing them.

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