HP Pavillion, Intel. My computer has been running slow the last few months. I have run Adaware, CCleaner and Norton AV and have found the usual spyware, tracking cookies, etc. I did a disk clean up and then decided to run defragmenter yesterday. I went and watched tv and came back to this screen.
Top left it says American Megatrend, www.ami.com
usb 4 storage device auto detecting PRI master IDE hard disk
bunch of lines showing devices
Then Primary Master TQ 100-23 Samsung SV1203n Ultra D<A Mode-5 S.M.A.R.T. capable and status Bad
Then at the bottom
Primary master hard disk S.M.A.R.T. status bad, backup and replace
Press F1 for setup, F2 to continue.
Here is what I did. I pressed F2 and it started up normally. I ran Norton AV and it ran through about 100,000 files the last I checked, I went and did something else. I came back and the above screen was back. I tried to press f2 again, and it keeps going to the XP screen and back here in a loop. I cannot load in safe mode or to an earlier time when it worked. I did the f1 button, but it goes to the computer setup and then back to this screen. I turned it off and this screen pops up right away. I did hear a few weird ticking noises like when you load a program before this happened.
Question: Is my hard drive fried. I have had this computer a few years, probably all they last. If it is--is there any way to get files off of it? Go to Best Buy or something? I have ALOT of songs I purchased from ITunes I would like to have and a bunch of family pictures. And my taxes-already filed and printed, just the info. Please help. Thanks
Edited by iflewjetz, 23 February 2009 - 09:24 AM.