I have a 3 year old Acer Aspire laptop which was shipped with a 20GB Tosh hdd partitioned into 3. C:drive was 8GB, D:drive 9GB and E:drive 3GB. The latter drive held the Acer Tech info which I think was related to the 3 recovery CDs which came with the computer. It had XP home pre-installed, I did not receive the full XP CD with the computer.
I found the size of the hdd impractical and recently purchased a 100GB Tosh hdd intending to use the 20 GB drive as an external drive in its new caddy, I also purchased the full XP home OS to install on my shiny new hdd. I replaced the 20GB drive with the 100GB one, formatted and partitioned it with the XP CD and it runs just fine. Next I replaced the 100GB drive with the 20GB one and endeavoured to re-format this also with XP. It seems XP did its usual checks didn't like what it saw and backed off. I am not sure what the message was exactly but I think it couldn't access the drive. I then tried a third party prog to format the drive and managed to get the format done, however I couldn't install windows so I tried a surface scan and got the message above. I then went back to the Acer recovery CDs and tried those although I did not want 3 partitions or an OS on the hdd. I hoped that if I got the drive back to factory condition, I could remove the partitions and OS later. The first Recovery CD warned me that the program would remove all data and that the program was only suitable for Acer systems and could not be used for any other system. I let it run anyway and after 7 hours got the message "error #49 write fault. I gave up the unequal task at this point none the wiser.
Sorry for the convolutied questions but could anyone advise me what, if anything I can do to put matters right or is my original hdd beyond rescue? I had no trouble with this hdd before this, ran Norton on my system but wonder if I had a virus? What causes a hdd to go haywire? I have been very careful when handling both of these hdds.