Test the hard drive with diagnostic software that loads from a bootable CD. The test will tell you if the hard drive is healthy or failing. SeaTools for DOS will test most makes of hard drive: http://www.seagate.com/gb/en/suppor...
Obviously you will have to use a working Windows PC to download the testing software (an ISO CD Image) and create a CD from it.
The information on Computing.Net is the opinions of its users. Such
opinions may not be accurate and they are to be used at your own risk.
Computing.Net cannot verify the validity of the statements made on this
site. Computing.Net and Purch hereby disclaim all responsibility
and liability for the content of Computing.Net and its accuracy.