Hard Drive Utility Program

I have a Dell Inspiron 1150 laptop and I was getting the blue screen of death.  I deleted the extra partitions it had, formatted the hard drive and I am attempting to install Windows XP Pro with SP2.  Now what is happening is that it is taking about 15 minutes to move a single minute in the step “Finalizing Installation.”  It reads “Setup will complete in approximately 5 minutes”, which really means at the current rate that it has been going it will take about 75 minutes.  I took out the old 256 MB RAM chip and I installed a new one thinking that may solve the problem and it didn’t.  
At one point last night, it didn’t complete the installation and I had another blue screen that mentioned something about not being able to copy file C:…$... and it read that it was dumping the physical memory.  
Also, when I first attempted to format the hard drive, it didn’t work twice.  Do you think the hard drive is shot?  Or is it something else?  If it is the HD as I suspect, do you know of any good utilities that will repair or at least ignore the bad sectors?  
Any thoughts, tips or ideas would be very greatly appreciated!!!
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Hard Drive Diagnostics

*****Vendor Specific Support/Diagnostics*****

Maxtor/Quantum (Fireball) http://www.maxtor.com/en/support/products/index.htm
Western Digital http://support.wdc.com/download/
Samsung http://www.samsungelectronics.com/hdd/support/utilities/utilities_index.html
Seagate http://www.seagate.com/support/seatools/index.html
IBM/Hitachi http://www.hgst.com/hdd/support/download.htm#DFT
fujitsu/Seimens http://www.fcpa.fujitsu.com/download/hard-drives/#diagnostic

If you do not know the drive manufacturer try some generic drive testers


ZDU http://www.webattack.com/get/zdu.shtml
Zdu is a diagnostic utility for disks & directories. It comes as a GUI version as well as a command line only version (both included).

Everest Home Edition http://www.lavalys.com/products/download.php?dlid=1&lang=en
An easy to use report wizard allows you to create detailed reports in the format of your choice


DiskChecker http://www.webattack.com/get/diskchecker.shtml
Disk Checker is a disk diagnostics, repair and disk image tool for FAT and NTFS.

Drive Health http://www.webattack.com/get/drivehealth.gif.shtml
Drive Health helps you to estimate your hard disks life resource. It allows you to predict possible hard drive failure
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