Having gone through this no fewer than 3 times in the past 7 days (why I haven't been online!) I can strongly recommend Knoppix Linux used on a "live" bootable CD to copy all your needed files from the broken HD to the other one or a USB stick etc. It'll even burn them to disk for you too.
It might be worth you looking at your HDD makers website, some of them have a special jumper setting that does an instant erase. My barracuda HDD did, just re-arrange the plastic jumper plug on the back, put it in the machine, turn power on and hey presto drive erased, led to a very speedy (39 minute - I timed it) Windows XP install with a full NTFS partition.
Best of luck to you!
franklyn fisher wrote:
Further to my email timed 19:40