Subscriber Raman Champaneri wrote about a hard drive problem that he was experiencing:
I have a PC with Pentium 4 and Windows7.
I get the following message:
Boot disk failure, insert system disk and press enter.
This happens from time to time. I turn the computer off and on a few times and it starts working.
What do you think is causing this?
Unfortunately, it sounds to me like Raman’s hard drive is dying — that’s a typical symptom, so that’s what I answered to him.
Hard drive failures tend to creep up on you, with access times getting a little longer, occasional boot error messages, and finally total failure. It’s best to save your data before the failure occurs.
I would get a new one, install Windows 7 on it, along with your programs, and copy your data to it.
If you use Acronis True Image Home 2012, you can do that all via "backup" and "restore" quite easily. That’s what I use. If you’re interested, please use my affiliate link http://terryscomputertips.com/Acronis
I usually purchase my hard drives from Amazon.