Originally Posted by DJ-CHRIS
You're hard drive will fail at anytime, so you should copy all the infomation to a new hard drive and throw out the old drive.
QFT, don't boot to it any more than is necessary until you have your backup drive ready, personally I'd unplug it, get your new drive up and running then plug the original back in as a slave drive and retrieve your data that way. Once S.M.A.R.T. ( S
ool) starts showing that error the the drive could fail totally at anytime.
If you follow my method you may need to read this.
How to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP
Becuase your data on the old drive will be under your old logon you may be denied access when trying to retrieve it for the new drive, the link above explains how to get around that.
You could try hdd diagnostics/repair tools from the manufacturers website but I feel the chances of recovering the drive are slim and in the process it could die permanently.