OK so I'm going to toss a computer question at the hardware savvy folks here.
Several months ago, I posted a question regarding Linux and whether I should make the transition from Windows. I was getting the BSOD too often, and was tiring of it. Suffice to say, I did try Linux, the desktop version, but just couldn't get used to it on my own timetable. So I ditched it.
Fast forward several months. After several attempts at various fixes, including System restore, registry cleaning, disk defrag, etc., the BSOD problem just didn't go away. It was happening too frequently, especially when the computer's resources were running low with media files open.
So finally, I got tired of it and decided it was time to do a complete recovery. I was able to transfer some of my files to my laptop as a backup, though I lost a lot of media files since I didn't have nearly as much hard drive space (250 GB on my laptop whereas I had 500 gig on my desktop).
After a few days of transferring the files, I did the recovery on my computer. I lost all the files, as expected, and started from scratch. Well it's been two weeks, and today it crashed again. But now despite doing startup repair and such, it would not boot. It seems like the hard drive has gone corrupt.
So I'm attempting another recovery. My question is this: even if I recover the system back to factory state and start (yet again) from scratch, is this a worthless exercise? If the hard drive went corrupt, will I continue to have these problems or is it possible I'll correct the issue? I don't want to waste my time on this if the drive is likely bad.
This is incredibly frustrating, but if I resign myself to the notion the problem won't be resolved with this physical drive, then I can prepare for purchasing a new drive.
Any advice is welcomed. Thanks!