I've had two hard drives in the last 12 years.
With the first I kept getting requests to run surface check on bootup (under Win98SE) and it found bad areas, labelled them and carried on, then the disk slowed down and eventually failed. I presumed this was due to a clapped disk, even though it wasn't particularly old.
The second time, brand new HDD, same thing is happening, I'm getting the bad areas, just found 7 bad areas! Can anyone shed any light on what is going on? Could it be problems with my BIOS or other hardware? It was build myself from scratch 3 years ago.