The hard drive crapped out on my computer last year a few weeks after the 3 year extended warranty ran out.
It didn't die a noisy death, but rather a quiet one, mainly increasing boot up problems.
While I lost some stuff, it wasn't a massive amount nor was it that important. A HD
crash does teach you one thing BACKUP, BACKUP, BACKUP !!!! CD
backups are cheap and you can put documents onto e-mails using your storage space. A second HD
for backup/storage is cheap (less than $100) and a good idea. I might consider doing that, using the HD
from my old computer, and making it easier to transfer my old one to another person.
I went out and got a new and larger replacement HD
, but the worst part was getting the software working again, 3 years of updates and even then, it was never like the original set up. I continued to use the computer until a week ago when I got a new computer.