Eventually I had to get another hard disk to move to so I could copy out what I could (everything copied fine) then I had to delete the partitions on that drive, create a new one and the drive lives on.

Let me be clear. Not all disk errors can be fixed. And you don't want to learn first hand what happens if you try another repair tool and you don't have a backup. Well let's put it this way. This is usually where and when people learn about backup. They have to lose it all once. Sometimes twice.
Bob