Before I headed off to work this morning I turned on my PC to find that it had trouble writing to one of my hard drives. The hard drive in question was broken into two partitions, and a quick look into explorer showed me that Windows could no longer see either one of those partitions. A reboot caused Windows to perform a CHKDSK on the drive and when I went out the door this morning the screen had "Unable to fix unreadable file XXXX due to lack of space" scrolling by.
First question: Does it look like my hard drive has bought it and will soon be departing for its great magnetic nirvana up high?
Second: If I have to purchase a new one, can I mix and match SATA and ATA drives in my computer? I am farily certain my motherboard can handle both, and my other hard drive is ATA.
Third: Any thoughts on what to get for a new drive?