Computer in question: Dell Dimension 2400 Pentium 4
Once I replace the drive, I want to install 2 OS's on the drive: Linux, and, yes Windows XP SP3. I will then use Linux to connect to the internet, and XP for everything else until I can afford a new computer. That should resolve the current security issues. I have the reinstall disks, and I think I might be able to mirror the recovery partition from the original disk as well. If I recall correctly, replacing the hard drive would not void my XP license as long as I get a Dell branded disk.
My current drive is, gasp, 11 years old. It does have some bad sectors, but otherwise - so far - is running fine. No clicking sounds or anything. It is a Maxtor 6Y080L0 IDE ATA 80 GB drive
The Dell site only shows me a very expensive SSD drive which I DO NOT want nor can afford.
I'm looking at this drive on EBay. I note that it is refurbished.
Will this work for me in my system? Will I be able to retain my license?
Another possibility I just found is this one. It is a new one.