For some 6 years I have been using a computer tower containing 4 hard drives, and performing splendidly until the start-up hard drive failed very recently.
What opinions are there on where I go from here? It seems backup is now achieved through external hard drives is that the best option, especially a some new computers now hang everything on the back of the monitor and there doesn't seem room for extra hard drives?
I should add that forthcoming tasks are editing HD videos from a modern camcorder as well as some much older cine film when converted to digital; so is a high speed processor a priority with lots of storage capacity?
The PC's of which you speak that have everything behind the monitor are only a tiny percentage of the PC's on offer today.Most modern motherboards will easily handle 4 or more hard-drives. The only problem you might have is if your hard-drives are all IDE as modern Mobo's have Sata ports with some,maybe having an IDE header on the mobo.
So storage capacity is really only limited in what you can afford given the sharp rise in prices of HDD's recently due to the flooding in Asia.You should also be looking for a decent i5/i7 CPU with Windows 7 64 Bit and a decent amount of RAM.