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Entire HD bad sectors/partitions - partmgr.sys BSOD

My PC froze, and when I rebooted the OS could not be found. I tried running the XP recovery console, but keep getting partmgr.sys blue screen of death error when tries to "starting windows."

When I run Partition Table Doctor, it is unable to write to "harddrive 1" and save any work - so I can't rebuild the partitions or MBR. I'm running HDAT2 now. It's been running all day, about 26% done, and so far everything it is scanning is reported as a bad sector. I'm not sure if it is able to repair it or not.

The last thing I did was update my wireless mouse driver and didn't reboot before it froze. Am I going to have to reformat and start entirely over from scratch?

This is a fairly new 260G Western Digital HD, on WinXP Pro SP2 system.
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dombrorj
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Neadom TuckerCommented:
Try running spinrite.

www.spinrite.com

This may be able to fix your drive.
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dombrorjAuthor Commented:
I bit the bullet and reformated the HD and did a clean install of xp. Everything seems stable now, and passing a partition surface test. Hopefully everything stays this way and the HD doesn't act up again.
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Neadom TuckerCommented:
Make sure your computer is on a batery backup and the software is installed to shut down your computer.  I have seen many a computers fail because of power loss.

Glad to see it working!
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