i never said the hard drive was broken, the hard drive is fine,
windows registry was majorly corrupted due to virus/trojan etc,
i spent 2 days and various attempts to fix, then opted for reinstall
the hard disk is partition, all data is one part, windows on another, so the data is safe.
i am trying to install windows XP, but it seems to be hanging when 'installing devices'
i have just come across another message in this forum with the exact same problem, so i will try that resolution