This morning I went to turn on a family member's laptop to find the SMART message displaying that the laptop's hard disk is close to failure and needs replacing.
The laptop is around 2 years old now and I have now backed everything up just in case of this 'imminent' failure.
I ran the HDTune programme to test the amount of damaged blocks there are in the hard disk.
This resulted in 24/2500 blocks (1%)
To me, (someone who doesn't know a great deal about computer hardware) this doesn't seem like a very large amount and I am not entirely sure where to go from here.
Shall I just suggest to immediately buy a new hard drive for the laptop as this one will just keep on deteriorating?
Or, as everything is now backed up, keep on using the laptop until the inevitable happens which could be; days, weeks or months, as this laptop isn't really used for anything majorly important?
Thanks in advance,