Is there a file system that can "work around" HDD Errors?
Okay, here's the backstory. My Dad has a work laptop, but it is on its last leg because since he doesn't work in the office, they don't believe he needs a good laptop. Now, hand-me-down laptops are fine, but the problem with this one is the hard drive is going bad to the point where to load anything takes ages (and I'm pretty sure it is the hard drive because when I used it stopped because of errors, and some S.M.A.R.T programs for windows showed problems.
My question is this, is there a file system for linux that can put up with those faults without slowing the PC to a crawl (and I mean crawl, 5 minutes minimum to start up thunderbird and get emails, and any ubuntu/kubuntu/xubuntu through Wubi took an unbelievable amount of time to start using ext2/3)?
Thanks, if you need to know anything else, just ask.
BTW, if it matters to anyone, about a year ago the PC worked better, and now stuff takes longer to load, which is partly why I ruled out graphics or processor problems.