Posted 29 June 2008 - 09:52 AM
Well...if it were me, I would delete the C: and try a new partition/format/install of XP (using the XP CD), while hoping that D: partition remains stable/useable.
As for ways of getting around hard drive problems...I tend to rely on the manufacturer's diagnostic as the last word. If it says the drive is in trouble, all those other suggestions are not going to fix/work around anything. Those suggestions work on hard drives with less severe problem situations, but...you can try them if you like.
Just remember...the Web is one of those places where everyone can suggest anything, whether the suggestion is grounded in logic/fact or not. People often make erroneous suggestions for problematical situations in forums...and some forums are better than others (and some posters are more knowledgeable than others).
When in doubt, I tend to fall back on guidance from Microsoft and hardware vendors.
Any suggestion to fool with the BIOS....to deal with a hard drive with specified problems...may not realize that some things just sometimes have nothing to do with the BIOS.