You can test the drive by using the following Diagnostics
Your drive is a western digital. What you want is near the bottom.
I would choose the iso for the CD version.
Burn the iso image to a CD and then boot from it. It will test the hard drive for failure.
If you don't have a burning program that will burn .ISO files get burncdcc from my signature below ..a small FAST no frills iso burning program...
NOTE...do not put a blank cd in until burncdcc opens the tray for you
1. Start BurnCDCC
2. Browse to the ISO file you want to burn on cd/dvd ....
4. click on Start
To change Boot Sequence
in your BIOS
Reboot the system and at the first post screen (where it is counting up memory)
start tapping the DEL or F1 or F2 or Esc or F10
This will enter you into the Bios\Cmos
Find the Advanced
area and click Enter
Look for Boot Sequence
or Boot Options
and highlight that click Enter
Now highlight the first drive and follow the directions on the bottom of the screen on how to modify it and change it to CDrom
Change the second drive to the C or Main Drive
Once that is done then click F10 to Save and Exit
You will prompted to enter Y
to verify Save and Exit
. Click Y
and the system will now reboot with the new settings.Hopefully you have already put the cd in the drive before all this. If everything is setup correctly you will get a black screen with the following message in the upper left corner:"Push Any Key To Boot To Cd"
. When you see this then push any key and the cd will take over. Then follow the prompts or if you need assistance we will help.
As for the cost of a new hard drive, they are not that expensive.
We do need to determine the type of drive it is (ide or sata).