Today when I got up I went to my computer and had a black screen and it said something like cannot locate you OS. I ran sympton tree tes on the os and received numerous error codes on the IDE read test; smart test and verify test. Does this mean my hard drive has crashed and all I need to do is purchase another one? I've tried booting with the OS disk and it does not work in addition I ran a diagnostic test and it does not recognize the hard drive.
I do not want to go through all the work of installing a new hard drive to find out it's my mother board or something else. The computer is a Dell Dimension 4600 and is 5 yrs old.