My computer was initially acting funny one day. Most of the programs and folders under the Start menu (Windows 7) were missing. I ran all my anti-spyware programs (Norton 360, Spybot, and Malwarebytes) and they didn't find anything. I then ran the diagnostics test at start up and it told the hard drive failed a test. See below:
Testing: ST31000528AS (9VP23TLCD)
Error Code: BIOHD-8
Error : A SMART test failed on the drive
SMART Test: SMART Short Self Test
Suggestion: Backup files
Suggeston: Contact HP
A friend of mine was helping diagnose all this stuff and he said the hard drive error meant imminent hard drive failure and to get a replacement. The problem was that my warranty is over (the computer's almost three years old) and when I called HP the hard drive the computer had is no longer stocked by them. They gave the names of two other companies that stock them and their prices seem a little steep (I even tried looking for the specific model number HP gave me and found one site that wanted $500.00 for it). I was just wondering if you knew of any places to look for one.
Here are the specs:
1 TB Hard Drive
Transfer rating: 3.0 GB/sec
Rotational Speed: 7200 RPM
My PC model number is NP196AA-ABA
I found this hard drive on newegg.com. It has similar specs and seems to be a good deal. I'm just not good with hardware and if someone could let me know that this is what I'm looking for I'd greathly appreciate it:
Thanks in advace for any assistance!