The disk I am using to try and recover is the operating system/reinstallation CD. Is this the disk you are talking about? I don't have any other disk other than that. Sorry I am not sure of what is the next step you are prompting me to do. I do have another pc which is not very stable. We have a few laptops in the house. Do you want me to put this windows cd in any of those to see if I run scandisk and type in the commands you asked me to type in in the last message and it will recognize that command?
I did not know where you were running it from. Are you worried about the data? Would it be worth the price of a new hard drive to save?
You could try chkdsk /r from the recovery console
Your drive may be bad. It could be fine. Your problem indicates a good chance of a hardware memory problem. That would be the ram or hard drive.
You have unexpected messages. during try to fix your problem. There is a good chance that your data will be lost. And if you install on a new drive, you can copy your data over. And with your original drive as a secondary, you can run scandisk on it and maybe recover. If you do get it working, you can use the drive as a secondary.
You also said a second desktop needed fixing, so 1 drive can fix 2 machines. I think it is worth it. I do a lot of repairs and I keep spare drives handy. The cost of the drive is less than the loss of all the data.
So it is a choice thing. If it turns out the drive is going south, you'll need it anyways
It's your stuff, it's up to you. Is your stuff worth $100 to you. If I took your hard drive, left an identical blank one and tried to get $100 ransom for it, would you pay? If not , then go ahead.
I've had many people say they have priceless stuff on their computer, when I put a price on their data, a lot say it's not worth it.