HD not recognoized

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I'm working on a friends computer. It's a AMD 3500 512ram 160 HDThe drive will not show up. I removed it put it on mind as a slave and ran spinrite on it. It said it could not repair 3 bad sectors. But the problem is now it won't even show up. I was trying to clone to a new drive but old drive just won't show up on either computer. Tried boot up again with spinrite in dos still no drive. Can a drive go bad as it can not show up, or can it become unactive and lose it's drive letter. Help Please
 
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Sounds like the drive is gone. Bad clusters can't be fixed (It's a physical problem with the disk's oxide coating) and the number of them will just increase, leading to data loss and unreliability.

Free Hard Drive Testing Applications:
HD Tune
CheckDisk 1.03 (Marks bad sectors as unusable.)
HDAT2 (Diagnostics and bad sector recovery)
MHDD Low-level Diagnostics
Bootable Hitachi Drive Fitness Test Floppy or CD Image (works on most drives)

Hard Drive Manufacturers' Diagnostic Utilities Links:
TachTech
BleepingComputer
 

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Yes the HD does not show up on either computer or in Bios. I do think the drive is gone. I'm thinking about put new drive in but I don't have there xp disc because Compaq doesn't give you one it's on the drive as a recovery partition. Someone told me I can use a service pack 1 disk and use their xp key number from the side of the case. But you can not use service pack 2 to do this to load windows. is that right.
 
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No. The key will only work on Compaq's version. You need to buy recovery disks.
 
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