IT sucks you had to get a new harddrive
I had to swap out three of them this year, I believe they came from a bad batch because they were all different brands but purchased around the same time
If you have trouble recovering any info try this program
its worked like a charm for me many a time
While we are on the matter of Harddrives I am planning to switch to a pair of hybrid drives
two Seagate Momentus XT hybrid drives
Bought three Momentus XT 500 Go for testing purpose at work and I thought it was very good but after one year of use two of them did show some weakness signs although only used in notebooks. I hope you are luckyer with these models.
@ RawArt : Windows 7 is way better than Vista. Don’t go back. Vista pre sp1 was a big failure.