Posted 25 November 2011 - 01:09 PM
I have windows vista home premium service pack 2 on a dell inspiron 545s system. When I log onto windows I get this message: Notice- hard drive self monitoring system has reported that a parameter has exceeded its normal operating range. Dell recommends that you back up your data regularly. A parameter out of range may or may not indicate a potential hard drive failure. Press F1 to continue, F2 to enter startup." I have run the dell diagnostic program and the hard drive failed one of the tests...(Htp test?) I have attempted system repair and it said it could not fix the computer and that the hard drive was bad. I have backed up my system onto 7 DVDs. Does the vista backup and restore center make a complete copy of the operating system including windows? I am not sure how to proceed as I am not familiar with how to remove, install or format a new hard drive. Can you help me?