Today's post is going to be short. It is advice.
There are, now, inexpensive (relatively inexpensive, anyway) external hard drives that come with software already loaded and ready to run, whose purpose is to back up every single thing on your hard drive.
Not only will these disks automatically copy out new files as they are created, they will also record changes to existing files - preserving version integrity.
They are, as I said, relatively cheap. Most can be had for less than $200.00 - and at that price, we're talking about a TERABYTE of disk space. That's 4 times larger than your 250Gig had drive.
Back up your systems. Save all those pictures and emails, account information and school projects where they can be retrieved if your hard disk dies. And it will die. Moving parts condemn hard drives to certain death - protect your data.