Originally Posted by BuzzStPoint
When you get spinrite, it'll come as an ISO and you'll burn to disk.
I think there have been some that have also got instructions to do it via USB.
You'll then boot with the Spinrite cd.
There will be 5 different levels. Each level is explained on how in depth of a scan you want to do. You don't have to do each level. Read through them and simply select the level of scan you want to do.
As for the bad areas of the disk. Can it be used further? Even if those areas are able to be marked for non use? Depends on the area that is damaged.
A work pc that kept rebooting on us I ran Spinrite level 2 scan. It corrected areas and/or marked for non use. And it been fine since. (about 3 months now). Each case is different. There may be no saving your friends HD.
I tried spinrite, not sure if I was just doing something wrong but it kept flashing working at the bottom of the screen and nothing, I decided it was time to give up on the hard drive, I took a hard drive out of a laptop I have in a cupboard upstairs first time I have installed hardware on a laptop, only usually use desktops, downgraded from 250gb to 160gb but it works none the less, the laptop is now working well, I also noticed there was a crack on the hard drive cover as well as the crack on the hinge, i'm thinking the hard drive must have been hit pretty hard, thanks for all the help with the laptop, if nothing else I have gained more knowledge so all's good I suppose