SATA hdd partition problem

Hello,
I got a Sata MaxtorSTM3250 HDD 250GB with two partitions NTFS (C: with 78.1GB and the rest in D:) C for Winxp and D for applications

So I was begining to hear some scratching noises coming from the drive when running applications on D,apart from these no other errors.

I ran seatools and made a short drive test and gave me bad sectors as a result of the diagnosis.

So I decided to defrag D:(discovered was a mistake later on).

After that, computer went really slow so I made backup of special files and foramted D partition.

Now system keeps asking me If I wish to format the partition again whenever trying to access it.

I tought about a fresh winxp reinstall but I dont have cd anymore.

How can I recover the use of D partition?
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  1. It sounds like your drive needs to be replaced.

    Try a comprehensive SMART diagnostic. Look for reallocated, pending, or uncorrectable sectors.

    HD Sentinel (DOS / Windows / Linux):
    http://www.hdsentinel.com/

    HDDScan for Windows:
    http://hddscan.com/

    See this article for SMART info:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S.M.A.R.T.
  2. Thanks and must appreciated for the help.

    I found many reallocated and pending sectors.

    Using the software you recommended it appears that my hdd it's on a critical state. (health 9%)

    1924 bad sectors on disk surface and more than 2000 data transfer errors with 100% performance.

    So guess it's time for a new hdd.

    Thanks again.
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