I’m currently dealing with a dying hard drive on my desktop PC (HP Pavilion Elite HPE, less than four years old). I’ve ruled out viruses or malware; all other hardware components appear to be fine according to the built-in diagnostics. I’ve tried to run Seagate’s diagnostic software too; the drive fails at the short generic test, and the program is telling me to download SeaTools for DOS. I figure it’s best to just replace the drive rather than waste any more time with it.
I have complete file backups, so I’m not worried about that…however, I’ve never had to replace a hard drive on my own. (Past failures occurred while the computers in question were still under warranty; the manufacturer just replaced it with a drive that had the OS pre-installed.) I’m not quite sure how to proceed with this; I have the factory recovery discs I made using the HP, but I’m concerned that they might somehow be corrupted too, since they were made after I became aware of the hard drive problem (stupid, I know). Am I better off to just install Windows 8 on the new drive, or should I try using the recovery discs?