I'm working on an old Dell Inspiron 1100... formatted the hard drive yesterday with no problems, reinstalled Windows, worked fine.
Last night I was reinstalling software and drivers, and stupidly installed a driver that I wasn't quite sure was compatible. After that I received several BSODs. I tried System Restore but it failed, and then when I rebooted it gave me the message that the windows\system32\config file was corrupt or missing. The system would load, but very slowly and was unstable (where just a few hours previous it worked great).
Tried the Recovery Console first, and it wouldn't complete the chkdsk. So I decided to wipe it clean and start over. NOW the hard drive won't even format. I get an "unable to format partition. the disk may be damaged" error. When I run diagnostics I get a DST Short Status Test failure. Does that mean the drive could be failing for good?
Any ideas on how to resurrect this one? Thanks!