Posted 30 March 2010 - 06:28 AM
All hard drives die eventually. Assume any hard drive you have will completely fail tomorrow, and plan accordingly.
Once errors start to show themselves, replace the hard drive ASAP. Waiting 3 months makes no sense.
This is the way I do it. Hard drive fails, buy another new one (if I am lucky I will have one on the shelf). Either use an image to clone the new drive, or do a reinstall depending on circumstances. Send in defective drive for RMA. When the refurb makes it back, either put it on Ebay or Craigslist. I don't trust refurbs.
I am a retired Ford tech. Next to Fords, any computer is a piece of cake. (The cake, its not a lie)
3770K @4.5, Corsair H100, GTX780, 16gig Samsung, Obsidian 700 (yes there is a 700)