First off, are you really running Vista -- or did you just choose that because you do not know which OS version you are using?
Second, if the drive is really the original and is indeed 10 years old, did you not do any recent backups of the information on it?
Third, The more you use it, the less likely you'll be able to recover anything on it
Your best bet for recovering data now is to do the following: 1) Remove the hard drive from the old PC 2) If you have a desktop PC with a spare hard drive connector, then connect the old drive to that -- both the power cable and the data cable. If you only have a notebook PC, then you will need to purchase a USB-to-Hard Driver adapter kit (like the one illustrated below) 3) Connect the old drive to a working PC,using that adapter if it is a laptop 4) Try to retrieve the files and folders you want to save from the old drive and copy them to the new PC.
Many thanks for your quick reply and help, very appreciated though!
When I bought my HP Desktop PC over 10 years ago, I had Windows 7 on it but I remember having updated it with I think Vista. Is there a way to verify it ? Is it relevant to explain my situation with this "imminent hard disk failure" ?
I'm gonna follow your advice and steps but is it easy to recognise and remove the hard disk from this HP TouchSmart pc ? Sorry for this question but I'm kind of a rookie in computers! 😉
Isn't there any way to repair this tired hard drive by entering the Bios?