The laptop, when booting into Windows XP, started to display BSOD with "Unmountable Boot Volume" message.
I tried to chkdsk /r: "The volume appears to contain one or more unrecoverable problems"
fdisk also doesn't work. It produces an error that I can't remember.
Linux LiveCD GParted smartcl scan gave the PASSED log message. But trying to format the hard drive using GParted on first attempt showed "input/output error", but clicking Retry would yield the "Everything-went-good" message. Yet, refreshing the GParted's display would still show my hard drive as being NTFS file system with about 6GB used.
Then I tried to use Partition Wizard Boot CD. Same as with GParted - Partition Wizard would display my hard drive as NTFS file system with about 6GB used. I could actually right click and "Explore" the NTFS partition. I saw my files. But I'm not trying to recover them because there's nothing on that hard drive I need anymore, so I want to format it and install a different operating system.
Trying to use "Delete" the partition gives the same result, after Applying the pending delete process - the NTFS partition remains untouched(just like with GParted). Trying to format the partition takes a really long time(+1% progress bar every ~30 minutes). Running Surface Scan made my laptop restart. Every time.
Also, I downloaded a Disk Fitness Test program from the manufacturer of my hard drive and ran an Advanced Test, which said that my hard drive passed it. But running format utility prompts with an error saying that the device is corrupted.
Fixing MBR also didn't change anything.
So, is my hard drive finished for good? I'm confused between successfull tests, ability to actually explore the partition, and receiving all kinds of errors trying to format or delete the hard disk.