Got you beat :)
"if you can help me not throw the coby away I would be nice"
Coby isn't known for making top quality products, however, they don't manufacturer the hard drives used in their netbooks. Try running a hard drive diagnostics program from a bootable USB device (flash drive or external CD/DVD drive). You'll have to enter the BIOS & change the boot order - make sure USB is listed 1st & to save your changes.