During the blaster worm scare i decided to go to the microsoft update website to download the fix to prevent myself from getting the worm. Halfway through installing the patch, microsoft's website crashed (probably high traffic), and the installation failed. Hours later I visited a reputable website and the computer decided to crash. I had to hold down the power button in order to shut it off. Upon restarting, a blue screen of death appeared telling me this:
"STOP 0x000000ED UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME" and some time later...
"STOP 0x0000000A IRQL_NOT_LESS_THAN_OR_EQUAL"
After talking to a nice tech support man from India, i was told to reboot with the windows XP reinstall CD. Upon doing so, the computer ran the checkdisk DOS program and "fixed" the hard drive... sorta.
When the computer restarted a message appeared stating that my hard drive was in "imminent danger of failing." ScanDisk and defragging did absolutely nothing to help.
What's wrong: It takes about 60 seconds longer to start up and i can't play movies or games that require a good system like mine to run. Processes like hashing a bittorrent file take ages longer than before.
My system: 2GHz P4, Win XP, 512MB RDRAM, 40GB (5GB free) NTFS hard drive (ATA-100 or 66, Ultra DMA)
Are there any good tools to diagnose my problem, should i just reinstall the OS, or should i but a new 80+GB hard drive and do some thing to copy all files (including OS) from one HD to another? How about reformatting? Any help would be appreciated!
Edit: I did use system restore to a point before I downloaded the windows update, but to no avail.