My laptop hard disk (WinXP Pro) has one or more bad spots (I think). The disk "hunts" sometimes for several minutes. At first, I thought it was a virus and got NOD32 antivirus and started doing in-depth scans. No virus found, but it made the problem worse. Then I turned off Microsoft's notorious Indexing Service (cidaemon.exe) and got some relief which was short-lived. Now I am beginning to have trouble booting.
Is there anything I can do short of reformatting the hard drive? Replacing the laptop hard drive may be too much trouble, and I may be better off buying a new laptop.
In any case, I would prefer fixing the bad spots and continuing to use the laptop. Has any one succesfully used Dmitriy Primochenko's HDD Regenerator (www.dposoft.net)?
I am rather sceptical because it claims to "repair bad spots" in place.
I have a separate question "Laptop hard disk drive -- Ghost backup" because I realize that I have to backup the laptop drive first. But here I am concerned about how to fix the bad spot(s).
What would you do? Thank you very much for your help!