It doesn't sound promising for that hard drive. Try running chkdsk to see if it shows errors on the drive.
To run chkdsk:
1) Click Start > Run.
2) Type cmd in the Run box and press Enter (this will open a DOS window).
3) Type chkdsk at the prompt and press Enter.
Chkdsk will scan your hard drive and report back any errors that it finds. In this case, it won't repair those errors yet. To do that we would use what is called a switch with the chkdsk command, such as chkdsk /f or chkdsk /r. I like to run it through once first to see what it comes up with before letting it change things.
If chkdsk is able to complete (all 3 stages) then it should give you a summary that you can post here.
To post the chkdsk information:
1) Right-click the DOS window and choose Select All (the window should turn white).
2) Press Ctrl-C on the keyboard to copy the window information to the clipboard.
3) Now you can create a reply here and post the chkdsk information by pasting it (either by Ctrl-V or right-click/Paste).
You can edit the information in your post, such as your name if it appears in the chkdsk info, after you have pasted it into your reply. If you have any questions, let us know. Hopefully the computer will allow you to do this w/o blue screening.
I have a Dell Dimension 8400. Recently I have had a number of instances of BSOD. So, I ran the Dell PC Checkup and have these messages for the Funnel Seek Test and Random Seek Test: "UNABLE_TO_GET_DRIVE_GEOMETRY" However, the SMART test passed. Do I need a new HD?