I think the valuable lesson from this one isn't that computers go wrong. It's more that, even if they appear to be changing their ways, one should never, ever get involved with bloody Creative Labs because they'll come back and bite you in the posterior.
Originally Posted by Doctor Varney
The move to a hardware recorder is, of course, your choice. However, don't assume that these are without their own problems. I recall spending a lot of online time a while back trying to help somebody with a particular model of Tascam recorder--it was noisy and low level when he plugged in a mic. It turned out that the Tascam was built to expect a non-standard input impedance and level.
I only mention this to show that a hardware recorder is NOT a magic fix, especially as you've mentioned that you need to use a computer for editing and mastering anyway.
The pessimist sees the glass as half empty. The optimist sees it as half full. The realist just drains the darn thing and gets a refill!