You might wish to hurry.
There is software from most drive manufactures to test the drive. Find yours and test it.
I would suggest you replace it with the same make of hard drive installed on your computer currently. WD replace with WD, etc.
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Lately my PC displays a strange start up screen that says: "Pri Slave Hard Disk: S.M.A.R.T. Status BAD, backup & replace: Press F1 to resume." I follow instructions and the PC starts up as normal, however, I hear an alarming wind-up sound coming from the tower as if attempting to read a disc that isn't present. (I've checked the drives: nothing is in there). I have Windows XP Pro OS, have had the motherboard replaced and had an extra drive for my music & picture files installed in AUG 07, defragged and removed unnecessary files & software programs I no longer use in NOV 07, power my PC off whenever I'm done surfing the web, installed AVG anti-virus software (from this site) and haven't jammed either my DVD or CD burner drives. I have another PC that I plug up using all the same removable hardware and don't experience that same issue. Also, I've noticed that it runs maddeningly slower. Help! What did I do? I haven't visited "questionable" web sites or downloaded any "funky" stuff! I'm out of ideas... this community has been very helpful before and any advice would be greatly appreciated! : )