Help! Hard Drive Going Bad
Hi! I'm not as up to date on technology as I used to be.
I'm on my 3rd computer in 5 years (hence the screen name). I mainly use the computer to surf the internet and play mp3s. I don't download or buy much new software, the computers basically just surf and play mp3s.
My current computer, an HP Slimline, has a hard drive that is clicking. It is a little over a year old. When it clicks the computer temporarily freezes. Now, it has started to have trouble booting, giving me a black screen that says "disk boot error".
I purchased a 16gb flash drive this weekend and copied all my music and photos to it. About 2,000 mp3s and a handful of vacation pictures. I have a few questions:
This computer may have come with a windows vista disk and/or a recovery disk, but I cannot find them.
1) Can I make a recovery disk and simply install a new hard drive and be back in business?
2) Will I have any trouble with Vista licensing? I've not changed any hardware in this computer.
Basically, my plan is to buy a new hard drive, use a recovery disk to reinstall Vista, and be back to normal. Will this work? If not, what options do I have?
I have plenty of experience changing hard drives. I've swapped and slaved hard drives before for extra storage in previous computers, but I've never had to reinstall windows.