Win XP Home repair installation
Posted on 2011-05-02
I have a 3 year old Dell Dimension 9150 that has had it's main HD fail 3 times in the last 2 years. Each time I've replaced with a Seagate or WD hard drive. Recently, the computer started to act balky - it had difficulty booting up or shutting down smoothly. I ran some disk utilities and there were some bad sectors on the main hard drive. I ran Seagate's Seatool and it found about 10 bad sectors, and it repaired them. I have a few questions, but let me say the main hard drive is only for the OS and some program files - I have other internal hard drives for my data, and I have my data backed up in multiple ways - on external HD and also on Carbonite.
My questions are:
1) Do I assume the Seatools utility corrected the problems - or are the odds high that if the disk is experiencing bad sectors, more are about to come, and I might be better off getting a new hard drive. If so, any recommendations on a hard drive - I've had bad luck with Seagate, Maxtor, Hitachi, and WD - who's left? Are the new solid state HD more hardy - this is a desktop, so the computer and it's hard drives are not subjected to physical trauma, and it is in an air conditioned room - although there are 3 internal HD, so it's possible the temp in the box gets hot.
2) If I don't replace the HD and wait to see if it behaves itself - should I run an OS repair? If so, I assume I need to put in the OS disk that came with it, but that is probably XP sp1. I have a copy of XP Home with SP3 on it - can I run that and then use the registration key from my original disk - or does the registration code work only with the disk it was installed off of?