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Time for a new hard drive?

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I am fixing someones computer for them. Their hard drive wasn't excessible as a slave and my hard drive wouldn't even boot with it connected. I did a full format and attempted to reinstall windows xp home edition. No luck, failure on disk. I ran Data Life Guard Disk Utility on the 80 gig, Western Digital Hard Drive using the Extended Test. It found and repaired hard disk errors. I then proceeded to Write Zeros to the hard drive wiping it completely. The operating system installed successfully, but I am experienceing slow performance on a Pentium 4 running at 2.8 GHZ along with 512 ram running at 333 MHZ and 96 ram for the video. It sometimes takes up to 4 minutes to boot and start up plus the computer is sometimes experiences long delays of performance espeacially during installations. I'm almost positive they need a new hard drive, but I wanted a second opinion. The hard drive is also frequently clicking. The page file usage is under 100 at start-up yet i still experience slow performace when opening multiple programs, or even trying to load MSN messenger for example. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.
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The fact that the drive is clicking is a sure sign its on the way out. Formatting a drive in whatever ways you fancy don't make a dying drive live again, especially if its a mechanical failure. On occasion you may be able to recover a bad sector or two with a low format or a complete sector wipe, but for the amount of time and effort it takes and the knowledge that "once a bad sector, always a bad sector" means its inevitable that the drive will soon die.
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neil is right, that is the famous 'click of death' so hurry and get the needed data off the harddrive while you can, scans will only wear it further and time is running out
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