Alright, I'm finally back!
I've been taking care of college related things, and class started, so this is the first chance I've really gotten the chance to post in a while.
Unfortunantly, my hard drive is indeed dead.
The repair guy tried it with four different computers, and no sucess. It seems that really was the click of death. Thankfully, I had backed up most of my pictures because of a previous incident, as well as a good deal of my documents due to the same incident. My computer also came with a back up disk to restore the hp stuff. Unfortunantly, I still lost 4-5 months worth of pictures and documents, as well as the rest of my data that I hadn't backed up,
but it could have been worse. The rest of the computer was fine. I have a new harddrive in it now, and it's working nicely again.
I think chkdsk freezing was what ultimantly did it. My computer was only freezing before I ran chkdsk. Otherwise, I could have probably saved all my data. I don't think this means that chkdsk is unsafe to use, but that you should really be careful about using it until you have a solid idea of what's going on.
I guess so that this is at least somewhat helpful to people, I'll post the three most important lessons I learned from this, in order from least important to most important.
1. Be careful what you download! I probably could have avoided this whole incident if I hadn't gone download crazy those past few weeks before I lost my hard drive for good. Try to download only from sites you trust, and even then, be careful. Viruses can show up in the most unlikely places, and can really screw up your computer if you're not careful, so be cautious!
2. Before you attempt to fix your computer yourself, get to know what's going on before you do anything. For example, find out what you can and then post what's going on on this site. Try your computer in safe mode, or have your antivirus run to check things out. Just don't jump into it thinking you instantly knew the solution like I did. If you're really unsure though, the best thing to do is to take it in to a professional and have it fixed there.
3. This one is absolutely critical: Back up your data often and regularly! You never know when something's going to happen, and if something goes wrong with the hard drive, there's a chance you could lose everything. So back up your stuff regularly, even if it's just copying pictures, documents, etc. to a cd or flash drive. Back up your data!
TL:DR... Lost my hard drive, could have been worse, don't rush into fixing things, and BACK UP YOUR DATA regularly!
Anyways, even if it ultimantly failed, thank you to everyone who tried to help for your time and effort.