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Bad Hard Drive?

Okay, so about 2 days ago my compter froze up and I got the dreaded blue screen which stated that a full memory dump has been completed. I restarted out of the blue screen and it went to BIOS which said "Primary master hard disk error" so when I went to look at my hard disk in BIOS, it was showing up as 0mb, just a bit short of the 200gb that should be there.
I'm running XP and downloaded some boot disks using another computer. I re-booted with the boot disks, but that just always ends in a blue screen as well which tells me I should check for hard drive coruption. So....how do I do that?
I was going to pull the hard drive and use an external box to hook it up to another computer to take a look at it. Another big problem....I have no idea how to open up this all-in-one unit! I can access the memory (I updated to 1 gig about a year ago), but that's it.
Any help on what the problem is, how to fix it, and how to open up my computer would be much appreciated. Thanks.

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By download a hard drive diagnostic program you can check if the hard drive is good or not.
Here is one from seagate, Seatools:
http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/support/downloads/seatools

Basically, you create a bootable cd or flopppy with the program and then boot to that media. The program will tell you if the hard drive is still good.
Good luck!

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