Is it worth buying a new hard drive for a kind of crappy computer that has already eaten several?
I have a few-years-old Compac desk top which has been nothing but trouble since I bought it (mistake number one: going into Best Buy with the explicit intention of buying the cheapest computer they sold). The first time the hard drive failed was about six weeks after I bought it, and HP ended up replacing the hard drive three times, since the drives were kind enough to fail each time shortly before the warranty ran out.
I still have it in a dusty corner, with the thought that maybe I'd try one more time with a cheap-ish hard drive from amazon, just to give my mother an e-mail-checking/internet radio-streaming machine for the basement. But is that insane? It went through four hard drives in two years. On the other hand, I can get a 500GB hard drive for, like $70 or so on amazon, and that is significantly cheaper than a new system. And heaven knows I have enough experience replacing it.