I just got a strange error message that popped up while I was browsing around on Facebook. Before I do anything about it, I want to be sure that it is legit and not someone's attempt to get me to install a virus or something like that. And if it is legit, I want to know what I should do about it.
The error message says:
"Windows detected a hard disk problem
Back up your files immediately to prevent information loss, and then contact the computer manufacturer to determine if you need to repair or replace the disk."
Then it gives me two options:
"Start the backup process"
"Ask me again later
If the disk fails before the next warning, you could lose all of the programs and documents on the disk."
Then if I click the "Show details" button, it says:
Because a disk failure will cause you to lose all programs, files and documents on the disk, you should back up your important information immediately. Try not to use your computer until you have repaired or replaced the hard disk.
Which disk is failing?
The following hard disks are reporting failure:
Disk Name: Seagate FreeAgent XTreme
I am running Windows Vista 64 bit, and the harddrive in question is an external Seagate drive, as noted by the error message. I also screenshotted the message box if that description wasn't good enough.