So I turned on the family's computer on Monday and go the following error: "A Problem with the hard drive has been detected. Consult the troubleshooting section of your user manual. Press Enter to Continue."
Did some googleing to find out that error means that my hard drive is probably going to fail. (it takes forever to turn on). Thankfully, i had critical files already backed up, and i just completed a backup image using DriveImage XML.
My Question is this: Given the specs of the computer (http://support.gateway.com/support/srt/docs.asp?sn=0025775861
), should I replace the hard drive, or just buy a new computer?
If you recommend replacing the hard drive, what kind do I need? I think it is a Ultra ATA Hard drive - but isn't that now called Parallel ATA??? So does any PATA hard drive work or is there a certain kind I need?
Additional Info about the computer's usage:
-It's a family comptuer, 6 people have user accounts on it.
-4 of us use it almost exclusively for basic internet access, email, and homework (papers, powerpoints, etc)
-2 of us have quite a bit of music (around 10gb each)
Would you recommend a new hard drive or a new computer? Thank you!