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I have a compaq presario and it's telling me that my hard drive is failing. How can I fix this with an immediate remedy or would I have to repace it?

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You need to back up very soon; your hard drive uses S.M.A.R.T. technology and the number of retries to read or write has reached some built-in limit indicating that the drive surface or the heads are no longer dependable. If your Presario did not come with a set of restore disks, you must make them yourself from the instructions in the Help file if you have not done it already.
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The hard drives have built-in circuitry which monitors the health of the drive. In simple terms, when data is written to or read from the hard disk (a constantly spinning disk with a magnetisable surface), the circuit monitors how often errors occur and if this becomes more frequent then it will signal a warning which the operating system or BIOS can read.
The safest thing to do is back up your important data and replace the hard disk.
There are utilities which may be able to carry out a low level format of the drive, which obviously loses all your data any way, and this may allow the drive to work for a bit longer but it would not be reliable.

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