Well, I bit the bullet and bought a new hard drive for the desktop computer. Rather than getting some one else to install it and to save money I did it myself - piece of cake.
Long story short, all is working just fine. Got Windows reinstalled, along with all drivers and most programs I had before. Touch wood it will continue to work fine.
Just two problems:
1) After a day, I have started getting a problem where is not recognising my external USB hard drive. I had the exact same problem before. Usually I would have to unplug it and then plug it back in OR restart the PC.
2) This other problem is more a nuisance than anything: When I click on a file to play in Real Player (I use this player for my Itunes music downloads - Windows Media Player is set as my default player), it works just fine, but at the same time as it opens and the music starts, I get an error message saying there is no disc in the drive (despite the fact I am playing the song straight from the computer itself).
By the way, am not liking the new look Blogger!!