My computer is failing to start. It sounds like the hard drive died. I'm posting this from my wife's system, but there won't be a HOT5 today. I have a spare hard drive sitting around that I'm going to install and see what happens.
After the computer booted with the spare hard drive I decided to give the old one another try, mainly to see if I could at least move some critical files to a flash drive. I'm really bad about not backing things up until it's too late. When I pulled the old drive I noticed that the head was covered with a dense layer of dust. I cleaned it off, reconnected it, and it started right up. So I'm back in action.