What can I do if my hard drive is dying?

Episode 1434 (1:03:21)

Henry from Garden Grove, CA
Samsung SSD

Henry's computer recently had a hard drive failure. After a few tries, it started up again. Leo says that the hard drive is dying and he should backup that data immediately before he turns it off again and then replace the hard drive. He should also check the cables and reseat them. Maybe they came loose.

Should he just buy a new computer? Leo says that's not really necessary unless he was planning on it anyway. Replacing hard drives is cheap. Should he go with a solid state drive? Leo says absolutely. Then he should see if he can use the old drive as a data drive. Does he need a special program to copy off the data? Leo says not really. He can just drag and drop.