Corrupted hard drive, still usable at all?
I'm not 100% sure but I think my hard drive has some unusable sections, which is causing all my linux installation attempts to fail. If I'm right about the problem, is there any way to isolate these bad sections and install a Linux distro on the remaining working parts?
I'm a total newb, btw.
Corrupted Hard Drive, still usable at all?
Find and download MHDD on a computer that works. Make a bootable CD out of it like you would with a live Linux distro. (It comes as an "iso").
Put your CD in the drive and set the computer to boot from MHDD.
It will graph the hard drive by sectors. It also remaps bad sectors so you may still be able to use the hard drive, if not so many sectors are bad.