I've had an HP Pavilion for several years that only gets sporadic use. Skype and watching movies. From day one it has been an overheating sucker so that is why I only use it for things that don't put too much demand on it. The hard drive died several months and instead of shipping it to them for repairs, I bought my own hard drive and they sent me the install disks.
My first question is this:
If I buy a new hard drive, will I be able to use the disks that HP sent me to install on a new hard drive years ago? It's going into the same system, and the disks are called "System Recovery DVD Windows 7 Recovery Media for Windows 7 Products Service Pack 1, Disk 1 of 2 and Disk 2 of 2"
My second question is this:
Is the overheating the cause of the multiple deaths of hard drives?
The laptop itself is an HP Pavilion dv4-4141 us Entertainment PC
p.s. I think the hard drive is dying because it sounds just like it did when the first one died -- lots of clicky noises on boot up which will eventually lead to "no hard drive present" if my crystal ball is right. But I could be wrong!