Before buying a new drive I would run some disk utilities on the drive to make sure the drive is actually failing. If you search the forums for hard drive utilities you should find a good one to use. There is a utility that comes with Windows that will check for errors. Right click on the drive, click on properties, click on the Tools tab, under Error-checking click on the Check now button and follow the prompts. Other than the pop ups is your computer performing as it was before you started getting the pop up messages? Have you run a virus scan?
I did the Windows check for errors utility and when it was all done, I had a message appear that said something like "checking file system c: The volume is clean"
Everything seems to be running fine.
I used CrystalDickInfo 5.1.0 yesterday and it said it was in caution, but its been like that for a while now. Just tested it right now, it turned to Bad. It shows that "Reallocated Sectors Count" and "Reallocation Event Count" in red.
Well I'm planning to get a new one. Are there any specifications to consider which hard drive I should buy? Also, my computer came with Vista, which I then used a Windows 7 free upgrade from HP, so how do I set up the new hard drive?
Doesn't sound like Malware of any sort.
You can use anything such as flashdrives, external hardrives, discs etc, to backup your data.
Have you already made your recovery discs for your computer? That is something you should of done long ago when you first bought your computer unless you built it yourself, then you should have your Windows disc/download that you can come back to.
That is a great hard drive that I've had for about a year and a half. Great price going on right now too.
Now, if you want something that will give you a nice bang for the buck, with the sacrifice of capacity is to get yourself an SSD (Solid State Drive) these things allow your computer to boot up in half the time a mechanical drive takes. It loads games faster, opens windows faster. As I said, good bang for your buck and I would strongly suggest getting one of these if space isn't an issue.