I just had my HD crash on me & quite horrible at that! Horribly & Utterly! Which is quite the disgrace since the thing (Internal hd of my Dell Latitude D630) isnt a year old! And its not that I do anything special with it. Except use it fairly intensive; but nothing it shouldnt be able to take.. I’ve never even dropped the damned thing, nor anything alike! (I dont drop stuff, but I know other people do & get away with it, so..)
So I’m running the wonderfull Ubuntu live CD to rescue my data & try n see if I can reinstall. Though the drive is going back to Dell anyway! To keep using such a disk, having failed not even a year after its initial use, would be sheer madness!