my computer died two days ago. it rebooted automatically and then halted at the boot screen with a message saying “Hardrive failure is imminent. Backup immediately.” i turned off the computer immediately, called harry and asked if he had ever seen such a message before. he had and he also advised me to back up immediately and get a new hardrive. i called skid and asked which should brand i should buy since he has had two hardrives fail on him in the past. his recommendation was a Seagate barracuda. i had two Western Digitals in my computer.. a 60GB and an 80GB.
the computer never did turn back on. the warning message was about the hardrive but the CPU had died too. doh! i had a 2.5 Ghz Celeron and i decided to upgrade to a 3 Ghz Pentium 4. i had to buy a motherboard as well since the old one had fried itself along with the cpu. it was probably some kind of a power surge that killed everything.
in the meantime i connected my laptop to my dell 2405 for a very odd computing experience. infonec worked on my computer for a day and a half and installed the new motherboard and cpu. i also bought a 120 GB seagate and a DVD writer for backups and today i spent most the day installing Windows XP and setting up all the required programs.
luckily the hardrive that was going to fail imminently only had a few corrupt folders and i did not loose much. phewh. a very sudden and expensive upgrade… but wow, CounterStrike runs soo much better now.