I just need some input based on your experiences...It seems as though every HP machine coming into my shop has a hard drive that has mechanically failed. Generally when we need to do a reformat, we back up data by connecting the drive to an external and fish out whatever is needed. Recently I have come across drives that are recognizable to the host computer, but there is no drive letter assigned, and no means to access the drive. Occasionally, this drive can still be written to once it has been reformated, the customer's data being lost. Some of these have come back after 1-3 months when the hard drive does finally give up the ghost. So, if the drive is not readable on an external, and clearly has other issues to be here in the first place, is it your opinion that this is a pretty good indicator that the drive IS mechanically failing?
The drive in question (today) is a WD 200GB, 18 months old. After installing a program, the system failed to boot, missing the 'hal.dll' file. Also the recovery console is corrupt giving me the BSOD. Again, the drive cannot be accessed on an external or as a slave. Is a reformat and reinstall just prolonging the inevitable?