I have a laptop PC with a hard disk (mini-IDE 1.2GB) which recently crashed.
When I attempted to access it again FDISK said it was read only. An attempt to high level format the disk failed, and a low level format attempt identified that there are at least 4 heads which repeatedly fail.
If I can disable the heads using software, then I hope to be able to use the disk for another few months, but as first child is due next Wednesday I can't afford to go out and buy another disk for a long while.
If anyone has any ideas they would be greatly appreciated, and I will consider going OVER 200 points if the answer solves this!
Please don't suggest anything this mundane. I wouldn't be offering a ridiculous number of points (180 MINIMUM) if I had explored all these avenues before even thinking of posting to a forum. It IS the heads- I've tried the disk on 2 machines, both new, so it isn't software or BIOS orientated. There's also a grinding sound every time a suspect head is activated.
I'm not trying to be rude, it's just annoying to have to wade through 40 emails (like I did yesterday), most of which appear to originate from novices suggesting the things I mentioned.
For instance: I have posted this question on several forums around the Web and I keep getting messages like "Use Attrib to un Read Only the disk", "Your BIOS probably doesn't support LBA / >1GB disks", "You can't disable the heads", "try DEFRAG" etc.
Living in hope,
Happy new year to all!