My Sony Vaio laptop has been running slowly for a while now and I've been meaning to perform a full recovery but not got around to it. Today I started to get an error on startup which said SMART hard disk failure predicted...HD failure may be imminent, back up all data, press f1 to continue.
I've backed up all my data and carried out a full recovery. The laptop is now running much faster but I still get the error message on startup. Once I've pressed F1, the laptop starts up normally and runs fine.
My question is, is there anything I can do to prevent this potentially imminent failure or is buying a new HD the only option? If I do have to buy a new HD, how would I go about installing windows 7, as it's currently stored on the laptop and I don't have disks. Also can anyone advise what it might cost to have my HD replaced? (its a 258GB one I think and I'm in the UK).
Would appreciate any help/advice...I'm not bad with computers when it comes to using them/software, but I'm a bit lost when it comes to hardware etc.
Thanks in advance,