It was running XP just fine and then suddenly came up with an HDD error.
Trying to reboot produces a faint whistling sound and after a couple of minutes or so a message A disc read error occurred, press Ctrl-Alt-Del to restart. Other boot attempts produce other HDD error messages.
I've successfully booted mini-XP from a Hirens boot CD, but Windows Explorer doesn't see the HDD.
So it looks as if the HDD has died. I can get another to replace and rebuild the, very basic, Windows system.
The HDD is a Seagate Momentus 5400.2 60GB, Model ST960822A
My question is how can I be sure that it's the HDD that has failed - rather than something else in the PC - and buying a replacement would not be a waste of money?
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