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Old Aug 09, 2007, 08:45 PM
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hello everyone,
I have a HP pavilion laptop that when i boot up says the following:

SMART Failure predicted on Hard disk 0: TOSHIBA MK8025GAS-(PM)

WARNING: IMMEDIATELY BACK UP YOUR DATA AND REPLACE YOUR HARDDISK DRIVE. A FAILURE MAY BE IMMINENT.

Press F1 to continue.

Now this message pretty much sums up that i need a new harddrive but how do I backup the current hard drive on to a new harddrive and do i need the same exact model harddrive as the Toshiba one? I've messed around with my PC but never with my laptop, how difficult would changing the harddrive be? Any help on this matter is greatly appreciated!
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Old Aug 11, 2007, 07:42 PM
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SMART is a hard disk monitoring system that tells you if a hard drive is dying.

It's not always right, but it's better to be safe than sorry, and backup your files.


As far as how to do that, it depends if you want to backup just a few files, like personal documents or photos etc, or the whole system.

If it's just a few files, then simply copy them to CD/DVD using any burning program.

If it's the whole system, you will need an imaging program, like Ghost or Acronis True image etc. (You will need another drive or DVD burner to backup to)

The good news is that changing a hard drive in a laptop is no more difficult than in a desktop.
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Old Aug 13, 2007, 07:32 PM
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thanks for the reply! Im gonna buy the same drive and do my whole system. Looks like ill be buying Norton also. Thanks!
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Old Aug 14, 2007, 03:19 PM
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You're welcome, hope everything works out for you.
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