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a few days ago, my computer froze, I looked over at my primary monitor and noticed that I had the blue screen of death. I tried to restart, and I got the BSOD before windows had loaded. I tried this several times, and it did the same thing. Then it stopped getting to the loading screen, it just came up with a missing file error. Windows was installed to my 250GB SATA drive. I reinstalled xp to my other drive (my 160GB IDE). When I reinstalled, when it gave me the option of which hard drive to install to, It displayed the SATA format as unknown (instead of NTFS) This was when I realised that it was the hard drive that was the problem, and why I installed to my 160GB.

My plan was to install windows XP, and try to recover my files. When I ran a file recovery program, it didn't work, so I decided to do a quick format (so it wouldn't erase anything) and then try again. Well, it won't let me format it in windows. I haven't tried formatting any other way.

The thing that worries me is that this hard drive is new. (less than 2 months) It's a Western Digital from Best buy, so I'm sure I have a warranty, but I don't want to go through the trouble or pay shipping, and I also want to recover my files if possible. Any suggestions?

Is it possible that I got a virus that did this, and it's not a hardware problem?
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Well, the quick format would delete all your files just so you know in the future.

This really sounds like a physical problem to me, your drive should still be under warrenty, but your data is probally gone.
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Check the voltages, you may have a weak rail!
    
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Well, the quick format would delete all your files just so you know in the future.

This really sounds like a physical problem to me, your drive should still be under warrenty, but your data is probally gone.
Sorry, I should have been more specific. Quick format does delete all your files (which wouldn't be a problem since I can't read them anyway) but it doesn't actually write over them with zeros. In other words, It deletes the references to the files but leaves the information on the hard drive ready to be written over (or recovered with a file recovery program xD)

Edit: I checked the voltages and both the 5v and 12v are well within the required 10%
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