Hard disk test failure

Hello,
I have a HP pavilion 9730us notebook. it restarts at the logon screen. I removed the hd and ran scans on it and copied needed documents. I did find some exploits on the hd in the owners folder. When I reinstalled the hd and ran the hard disk test in BIOS utilities it failed stating that it needed to be replaced.
My question is, if I can access the hd as an external does that mean that the test results are not accurate as to a hard drive failure? Could it be related to corrupt files on hard drive?
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  1. Do a check disk for any errors.

    If it can do the test properly, then it may be possibly failing.
  2. i seen a lot of windows reboot at boot screen..damage video driver or anti virus or program in start up. before i rule a hard drive is bad i try to boot into windows safe mode and turn off everything in start up and see if it hangs if it does then i try and reinstall the video drivers.
  3. fantastik250 said:
    Do a check disk for any errors.

    If it can do the test properly, then it may be possibly failing.



    I was able to run a check disk on it as an external and it did have problems that were fixed. Yet, it still will not boot. We elected to format the hd and start fresh, now it is saying that the MBR is missing. I'm pretty much at this point decided either its the HD or the controller on the motherboard.
  4. smorizio said:
    i seen a lot of windows reboot at boot screen..damage video driver or anti virus or program in start up. before i rule a hard drive is bad i try to boot into windows safe mode and turn off everything in start up and see if it hangs if it does then i try and reinstall the video drivers.



    It would not let you past the logon screen in both regular and safe mode.
  5. if there a virus in the master boot record or it damaged do a fdisk/mbr with some disk tools and see if that fixes your error.
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