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If the computer place is correct and the hard drive is in fact failing, I would not attempt to put anything on this drive or use it at all.
You can run your own diagnostic disk utilities, some of which are listed in this Bleepingcomputer topic here. http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/28744/hard-drive-installation-and-diagnostic-tools/
Pick the one related to your hard drive and it will most likely link you to the diagnostic utility you need for your specific hard drive.
If those fall upon a dead end, please check the drive its self for the name Seagate, Maxtor or Western Digital and post back who the drive was manufactured by and its model number and we will point you in the right direction.
Edited by MrBruce1959, 02 June 2010 - 12:59 PM.