SMART failure predicted on hard drive + past issues
Hi Ive actually been experiencing this issue for quite a while, where the computer displays a bootup message indicating a smart failure predicted on harddrive...press F1 to continue. I have a gateway nv59 laptop and since replacing a laptop with similar specs is quite expensive Ive considered to just replace the harddrive but I would like to make sure that it is the harddrive's problem thats affecting my laptop.
Here are the issues prior to the display of this message:
Since about a year ago, the computer has been experiencing with frequent "lags", where opening a folder or maybe startup can freeze for a bit with that loading icon. As time passes, the loading becomes more frequent and the loading times seem to be longer too, ranging from 5-20 seconds sometimes. This doesn't occur for games or for HD movies so I can only assume my graphics card (Ati radoen HD 5650) is working fine.
About half a year ago, my computer started having issues with startup. Usually if I shutdown after doing many things such as using word, downloading, watching tv etc., the computer would have a hard time starting up, sometimes it takes forever to start up (like 20mins?) or sometimes it displays blue screen of death and that indicates me to just restore PC through gateway backup or whatever to either restore it to an earlier time which never works, or reinstall a fresh copy of Win7. This didn't bother me at first as I always had an external HDD so I could care less about my data but it did annoy me as the boot time is longer than the time I usually use it. In summary, my PC has a "short-term" memory where stuff can ONLY be stored if hibernate/sleep and would almost definitely be lost if shutdown or restart. The hibernate process also lasts only for about a month before the PC would fail to load up saved stuff.
Until about a month ago, my computer started displaying this message. As mentioned above, sometiems the computer won't start if shutdown so I MUST hibernate/sleep to "save" my data. When the hibernation process worked, I could easily load up my saved stuff and continue using this computer despite the smart prediction prompt, but recently, my PC finally forced me to shutdown and ever since I cannot startup.
Since gateway backup is stored also on the main drive, C drive, it refuses to boot and help me reinstall windows.
SO the question is, and I apologize for the wall of text, what should I do now? SHould I just get a replacement and find a tutorial on replacing it or would I need to actually replace + repair it at a shop like bestbuy?
Also, I don't have a copy of Win7 on disk, but I do have a backup disc for my gateway laptop made when I first purchased this laptop. If I replaced the harddisk, would I be able to save money by using this backup disk or would that not work? THanks in advance.