How can I tell if a hard drive has failed?
My wife's computer has been making weird grinding noises and tonight I think I got the blue screen of death. I keep getting a boot disk error and when I put in both my Windows and Linux boot disks I can't fix the problem. The good news is at least the damn thing turns on.
Does anyone know if it's possible to save data if the hard drive is fried? Also, I'm wondering if we shouldn't replace the whole thing. I bought it 7 years ago and have made a few upgrades, but new computers seem pretty cheap, especially if my wife only wants it for doing light web editing work and playing casual games.