|I recently had a virus on my computer and did a dull on system recovery. I had a hard disk image at one point, but the external drive it was on has been replaced and i had planned to "make a new one later." When I first purchased it, i was using it exclusively for music production/recording. I haven't done much music-wise over the last year, and have been focused on going back to school. I'm double majoring in applied mathematics and physics, so this computer has slowly evolved from a production powerhouse into the most computationally advanced graphing calculator I've ever seen. |
I'd SLOWLY been reinstalling the music software that i rely on most often, but was planning on creating the disk image "once I'd completely installed everything..." you know.... So i never had to do this again...
Well, i turned my computer on the other day, and it gave me a DOS-like screen that basically said my hard drive's failure was imminent, press any key to boot... I press a key, and it gives me a similar screen that just says that the master record boot failed or something of that nature. It says to press any key, but it does nothing.
I'm no moron, but im not the most computer-savvy guy when it comes to opening the box up. I know I've got to replace this drive. It was a (i believe 7200) 1TB SATA drive. I'm guessing that it'll cost me roughly $100 if i don't buy cheap and want to get something better than i had. I have my software and files all backed up on external drives... But not Windows. When i replace this drive, will i need to purchase a new version of Windows 7, since i don't have ANY back up of it whatsoever?
Also, if there is any way that anyone knows if to fix this via the start up BIOS screen, so that i can attempt to make a system image, I'm all ears the as well.
Thanks in advance.