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Windows Failed to Start. Is my HDD dying?

Not sure if this is the best part of the forum to post this but just today I switched on my computer (running Vista H.Premium) and it appeared to get stuck on the screen with the green loading bar that goes across with Microsoft Corporation written beneath it. The bar was still going across but nothing was loading. On some other forum sites I found that the problem could be something related to the HDD having major problems. I eventually had to manually switch off the computer and then booted it back up again. When I was prompted I chose the option to start Windows normally. This time it booted fine.

Is this a sign that my hard drive is beginning to fail? Or was it just a random windows typical failure? The computer is only about 1 year old and I only installed sp1 about a week ago.

Thanks
--Jono--

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Call it.

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Most Vista machines are still under warranty. Call it in so you won't pay for this one.

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(NT) Only had a 1 year warranty. Expired in May this year.

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Extend the warranty.

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You don't want to know how much it costs out of warranty.

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Well...

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well a 250gb SATA HDD costs about $180 USD and Acronis True image costs $50 USD. So can I: Add the new hard drive as a slave drive and copy all the files over from the Master. Make it bootable then keep that hard drive handy, and if the other one ever goes, just plug it in and boot from it.

If I can do that, $230 USD is an 'OK' amount to spend.

All I want to really know is "Is the drive likely to die anytime soon?".

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Find the maker of the current drive and...

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See if they have a HD fitness test program.

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(NT) Good Idea! Will Try.

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