Hello and welcome to the forum. While I'm not a HD expert, from the sound of it your HD is toast. However I suggest you first run a good virus scan on it before you do anything else, and then see if you can access any files. With that said, I reccomend you get a new HD....load Xp onto it and then get an external enclosure or usb adaptor for your "bad" drive and then see if you can pull any data off of it. If you would like or need a reccomendation for a good HD let me know.