My computer has started to act strangely. Well, I wont kid myself, its probably broken. But just to confirm - using tool called "HD Tune" I have done diagnostics. It has returned damaged blocks (0,1%) and S.M.A.R.T. readings with codes 0x0A and 0xB8 at 100. I just want to know, how bad is it. I have seen that some software supposedly can repair bad sectors. Can this issue be fixed this way or do I need to abandon all hope of saving the HDD? More info on severity of S.M.A.R.T. readings would be greatly appreciated.
Also, SeaTools for DOS cant find my HDD at all. Could it be something other than HDD then?
2.5" SATA II, 500 GB hard drive on a laptop.
OS: Windows 8, 64 bits
RAM 4 GB, CPU - i5
By acting strangely I mean, that yesterday it couldn't load its OS (was stuck at loading screen, but not frozen) or Ubuntu live cd, today its working flawlessly.