No, this is not a letter to Penthouse Forum. I haven't had too much trouble with my computer in the past. The last 24 hours or so have made a bit of difference to that fact. Actually, it has been going on for a bit longer than that.
Over about the last week there has been the occasional "Operating System not found" message generated. I thought that it may have been my wife, as she can be a bit of a jinx around technology, but it wasn't the case.
Last night the computer just wouldn't start and I was greeted with this message every time I tried. I pulled things out of my computer last night that I have never done before. After trying to boot from a CD and being told that XP didn't exist and that I had no hard disk drives, I spent some time swapping power cables, parallel cables and hard disk drives, and came to the realisation that my HDD with the operating system installed had died. Oh shit. Oh big shit.
I believe that I have a six year warranty on the parts of my computer and pulled out my receipt. Yes, I am the type of bloke to keep that sort of thing. No technical support from Gateway on the weekend.
I checked the newspaper for some HDD prices and rang a mate at Austin Computers but found that he works for another branch across town now. Bought an 80GB HDD for A$75, cheap enough I thought to get me out of trouble. Considering I bought an 80GB HDD from Austins a couple of years ago for A$201 it didn't hurt so much this time around.
Installed it, put XP back on, installed many of my programs again and I am back in business. I guess that I didn't lose too much on the drive as I had moved most of the files I wanted to keep and it was mainly OS files. I guess I have a clean install now and not so many unused application files. Good opportunity to get the latest versions of the applications that I use anyway. I am grateful that I have had my computer for so long before something like this has happened.