Originally posted by Peaty
Do I have any good options? [edited for brevity] This Sux
Sorry to hear about the HD problems, that does sux, but, in earnest, you are ahead of the game if you have a backup solution.
Indeed, copy your data onto the external and make sure to dig around good to find any pockets of important stuff tucked away where you might not readily find it (bookmarks/favorites and stuff you saved to oddball directories).
Last, take note of any custom setup or settings you've done, like your internet connectivity, dialup info, tcp/ip settings
) Of course that includes a quick inventory of your 'aftermarket' hardware too.
[hey it's i-club alright!]
IMO you will undoubtedly have to bite the bullet and reload the apps (if not OS & apps!). That's not the worst thing in the world, in fact you can end up with a cleaner better running system. Take the time to patch up the operating system too (windowsupdate.microsoft.com) and check on patches for any of your software you're reinstalling.
Some parting thoughts:
In the future consider disk imaging software if you're really averse to having to rebuild your setup each time you are confronted with unformatted HD's.
Ah, one parting thought is, if Gateway doesn't care if you send the old HD back to them, just slave the failing disk and have a closer look at it to at least see if it's truly failing or just has some bad blocks in difficult places for the OS to deal with.
Good luck! PM me if you need any further info/help.