<<...( i think my HD is bad) but im looking for another set of eyes on this before i go out and buy a new HD.>>
Anytime a hard drive is under suspicion...it's wise to just run the appropriate hard drive diagnostic. That either confirms or refutes any doubts about the functional aspects of the hard drive. I see little point in pursuing anything until that step is taken.
Diagnostics are generally available at the websites of the respective hard drive manufacturers and there is no universal application...so you should use the Seagate diagnostic if you have a Seagate/Samsung hard drive...Hitachi diagnostic if you have a Hitachit drive...and so on.
Free Hard Drive Testing Tools - Hard Drive Diagnostics - http://pcsupport.about.com/od/toolsofthetrade/tp/tophddiag.htm
Hard Drive Installation and Diagnostic Tools - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic28744.html