HDD Smart drive failing, biohd-8 error

#1
Hey guys,
I referenced my problem in the subject line of the thread. I'm assuming this means my HD is failing. With that said, I have already purchased an external HD and I think I have backed up most of my information successfully. I used Driveimage XML to backup...is this ok or not? Anyways I guess my question is, if the backup was successful, what are the necessary steps to take moving forward to ensure that my computer returns to normal and operates properly? Do I need to replace the internal HD now? What do I need to do about my OS? Is there a way to clone it over to the external HD? What do you recommend?

Desktop Computer
HP p6130y
64bit
 

JustinW

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#2
Where you run DriveImage XML? BartPE? If your hard drive is failing you'll need a replacement internal drive too. You'll also need to have your OS disc handy for re-installing the OS on the new hard drive. Last step would be to use DriveImage XML to restore your personal data on the new hard drive and re-install applications/updates.
 
#3
I ran it to the external HD...i do not have my vista OS discs. However, I do have XP but would installing that cause me to run slower?
 

JustinW

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#4
XPs old. If this copy of Vista was OEM you might be able to get a replacement recovery set, otherwise I'd recommend getting a copy of Windows 7.