Let's say the drive heads bounced on the drive surface (a bad thing.) Then that area would suffer and other areas might be intact.
Back up what files and you and get a new drive.
My laptop (Inspiron 4100, XP SP2) died on the weekend, goes to blue screen shortly after the Windows XP logo appears and then reboots. Safe mode etc results in the same, not installed any software for about 6 months.
Recovery disk has not worked either...
Ran the F12 Diagonistics at start-up, it fails the DST short test. Looking at the web this seems to indicate HDD failure (with "60-70% likelihood").
Removed the HDD, put it in external box and connected to desktop. Can access some information in My Documents (eg the My Pictures folder, phew), but other folders eg My Music result in an "I/O Failure" warning when clicked and are not accessible - as do a number of other folders - seem only about 1/3 folders can be accessed.
If HDD fails, can you access some and not all files, or generally you cant access any?
Aside from formatting and starting again, any other solutions before this step....?