[ubuntu] Question regarding formatting hdd during install

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http://ubuntuforums.org – Hi all— So, my question is an incredibly simple one as I have never used linux before and am not all that computer savvy (ie: I get around fine and I know how to get into my bios but I have never built a computer or installed a new os except for Windows). Basically, I am just hoping that someone here can tell me if installing ubuntu can fix my problem. I have a 3 year old windows pc that failed last night. After poking around in the bios, trying to boot from a recovery cd and running a system diagnostic it appears that the hdd has just failed. This is a pain as it is out of warranty an (Hardware)