Could be the motherboard, could be the hard drive. You only know after you run the diagnostics for the drive or try the drive on another PC (via a USB to IDE/SATA cable).
The positive side: if it's 11 months old you're still inside the 1 year warranty period, so they will give you a replacement for free, if it's the disk indeed.
Hey, my pc was running fine but suddenly it switched off on its own, as if there was a power failure (it might have been due to a virus cause i just then had downloaded a file that contained a exe file that shut up my anti virus... but i've never heard of a virus killing hardware) on restart after the windows startup screen, a blue screen flashes and restarts again ..startup recovery doesn't work either .. when i try reinstalling windows using the disk . it doesn't detect any hard drive. .
i've tried to remove all the components of the pc and reconnect them but it still doesn't work ..
what's wrong ?? is my hard disk's life over .. please tell me as i had a lot of important data on it and (foolishly) no backup .. its ok if only the windows drive has to be formatted and the rest of the data is secure. .the hard disk is about 11 months .old
Pls help ..