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SMART failure predicted on primary slave, what is the best way to back up this drive without it failing?

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I had to shut down my computer with the power button without going through "Start > Shut Down" and now it restarts asking me to "Press F1 to continue the restart" because "WARNING: Immediately back up your data and replace your hard disk drive. A failure may be imminent. SMART failure predicted on primary slave."  

I have not had any problems prior to this with any devices on the computer, except for a faulty ALi PCI USB/Firewire combo card.  I have kept this PCI card on the computer because the USB ports work even though the Firewire ports don't.

I have a 40GB Maxtor 34098H4 on the primary master and a 120GB Maxtor 6Y120L0 on the primary slave.  

The system event viewer shows multiple "IO_WARNING_PAGING_FAILURE" errors and warnings on "device %1", "The driver disabled the write cache on device \Device\Harddisk1\DR1" (primary slave) and "The driver disabled the write cache on device \Device\Harddisk0\DR0" (primary master).

So far, I have disabled the paging file on the primary slave and set the paging file to system managed on the primary master and uninstalled the PIO mode back to DMA mode 2 on device 0 and device 1 (verified).  I plan to check the RAM with memtest86 in a little while.  I already had write caching disabled on all drives several months ago.

Just prior to the "hard power down", I was running Google Desktop search and had just installed the latest Windows security updates.  My system was cleaned of spyware with Ad-aware and Spybot a few days ago.

I'm wondering if this is a legitimate "predicted failure" on the primary slave or an error as a result of the "hard power-down" perhaps while the system was writing to the paging file.

I really need to back-up all of the 120GB of data on that hard drive (primary slave), but as soon as I start to access a shared folder (main folder) on that drive, the computer reboots!  It seems that I can still access all the non-shared folders on that drive, however.  How can I rescue all my data off the primary slave before the hard drive fails?

System Specs:
Asus A7V Motherboard
800MHz AMD Duron Processor
WinXP Pro

Follow-up:  After un-sharing the folder via MMC, I am now able to access data on that folder without the computer crashing.  But, I'm not convinced that my problem is solved.  I still want to back-up my data onto a new external hard drive before the old hard drive fails.

What is the best way to back up this drive without it failing?
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