I have a Dell Inspiron 8600 notebook and recently I had a hard drive crash where when I tried to boot into windows I get a blue screen error "UNMOUNTABLE BOOT VOLUME." I ran diagonistics test and it gave me error code "0F00:0244 - uncorrectable data error or media is write protected." Didn't look too good, so I did some research and it says that this means that there are bad sectors on the hard drive and that it will need replacements. However, I found in some forum (I think this one) that you can reboot into windows using "chkdsk /r", which I did and it worked. So I was able to backup my files onto CD's. My computer has been running fine for about 3 days now, I don't really expect a total HD failure.
Anyways, my question is should I be worried about a crash because of this severe error code or should I go ahead a get a new hard drive? Also, the way this whole thing happened was that I was trying to burn a CD and my comp. froze on me during the burn, so I had to shut down my notebook improperly. Then when I tried to reboot I got the blue screen error. I have been reading a lot online about this problem, it seems pretty common, at least among Dell computers. But I am getting a lot of contradictory posts, some saying that it is fatal and others saying that there is hope.
Any help or advice? I would greatly appreciate it! Thanks.