My new hard drive came in the mail today. I don’t know how to install hard drives, but my dad does. I went to work in the evening, and my dad had installed the hard drive by the time I came home.
I put in the first system recovery CD and the hard drive didn’t seem to recognize it. After restarting the computer a few times, it finally worked. The operating system setup seemed to go smoothly. That is, until I tried to run Windows.
After more restarting, I was able to almost start Windows in safe mode but to no avail. My computer gave me an error message saying that the initial setup was not successful and to try again. Thus, I again put in the first system recovery CD, but I have yet to succeed in running the setup a second time. One can only restart the computer so many times before giving up.
I’ve concluded that the new hard drive is not compatible with my laptop. Because my laptop is four and a half years old, the exact model for my original hard drive is very difficult to find. The new hard drive I bought is a newer model which supposedly replaced the old one, but I guess it isn’t the correct model for me.
Now I’m stuck. I have to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of buying a new computer. I will buy a new computer eventually, but I was hoping to wait until I have a higher paying job. My job would then dictate whether I get a laptop or a desktop (though I might still choose the laptop for convenience’ sake).
If I buy a computer now, I would have to rely on my parents for the money. I would try to choose a cheaper model than I would normally consider in order to soften the blow on them. But since I would have the new computer for at least a few years (God willing), I should be thinking of it as an investment and not skip out on quality just because of timing.