I had two hdds fail so far. I will never depend on a hdd to "keep" important files permanently. Instead, I use an external TDK CD burner, which I can move from one computer to another for the purpose of backing up important data. Note: I have more than one CD with the same data.
Before you type your password, credit card number, etc., be sure there is no active key logger (spyware) in your PC.
I walked away from my computer for a couple of hours, tops, yesterday. I
>came back to it and the display and mouse were frozen.
>It's a 3.5 year old personal computer (Gateway, with a 20 Gigabyte, 5M Ultra
>ATA hard drive). I ended up powering down, when starting up received error
>messages and then a failure to reach the Windows display. I ultimately
>struggled through a Scanddisk from a Dos prompt and was able to recover
>most, but not all, my personal files, copying them to floppy diskettes (3.5
>inch type). I shoulda been backing up at least once a month, but wasn't.
>Anyone else procrastinating: Man, don't do it. Stop now. Back up your files.
>A tech support person at Gateway said hard drives don't usually last beyond
>five years. Some die at three years. I've found support on Usenet for this.
>My computer's running again, but to thwart another massive crash, is it
>worth putting in a new hard drive? I've got $80 to spend, and I figure a
>nice one will run about that.
>I installed a new power supply (that is, transformer) last summer. It's
>power and so heat output aren't that different from the old one. It seems to
>be working out fine. Otherwise, all else is original equipment.
>My last computer was a Hewlett Packard. It "died" irrecoverably after only
>thee years. The shop couldn't fix it, though maybe I took it to a lousy
>shop. So this is very discouraging. Throwing away $800 every three years
>ain't gonna cut it anymore. So I've had it with these big brand names. I'm
>ready to build my own, and think at this point I have enough expertise to do
>so. I'm certainly not going to throw money away on a shop trying to fix my
>computer again. It seems to me much of the expertise involved in a
>successful computer repair involves simply patience and persistence.
>How about the CPU? Should I investigate replacing it, too?
>All suggestions about whether a new hard drive is worth the investment and
>the CPU are welcome.