Solved: New hard drive or new computer?

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Yesterday my computer (Dell Dimension 8300 PC, Windows XP Professional OS) froze up and I couldn't restart it. Got message "A disk read error occurred" with instructions to hit ctr-alt-del--which didn't work. Ran diagnostics and got lots of error messages; did online chat with Dell tech support and was told that my hard drive had "gone bad" and I needed a new one.

Is it worth replacing the hard drive or should I get a new computer? (the PC is 3yrs old) In either case, is it possible to get anything off the old hard drive?
 
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If the performance on the computer is acceptable, new hard drives are typically less expensive than new computers.
 

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Yeah, seems like a reasonable thing to try to fix. But I'm a real novice when it comes to hardware. According to the specs that came with the PC, it's a 120GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM). Is this something that would be readily available, and if so, do you recommend any particular brand?
 
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My quick reply is, if you're happy with the performance of the current machine then I'd definitely just buy a new hard drive. Now you have to remember that the new drive will come with no operating system so is that XP pro you have a full version you can install on the new drive or a recovery set of disks?

Drives are easily bought that are compatible and I would go with a Seagate or Western Digital but others may have different opinions. You'll have to decide the above question first, are you happy with the machine and do you have an OS?
 

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Thanks for the quick reply. I have all the original software that came with the PC. The disks all say "for reinstalling," so I'm assuming that they're ok. Thanks for the Seagate/Western Digital recommendations - I'm also happy to hear other opinions as well.
 
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