The very, very first thing to do is to backup anything that you can get off of the hard drive! Do it right now and you may be able to save your valuable information.
If you wait, it could cost you from $600 to $1800 to recover the data from a truly dead drive (this was the quote for my 80 gB drive that died about a year ago).
Once that's done, try this free utility to check the SMART status of your drive: http://www.almico.com/speedfan.php
Just click on the SMART tab to view your drive's status.
Then, plan on getting a new drive (the test will likely show many problems with the drive). Also, you'll need to have the recovery disks or XP installation disks available to reinstall Windows.
Edited by usasma, 22 October 2006 - 08:01 AM.
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