I've recently been having quite a bit of trouble installing windows 7 on a fresh hard drive. I wanted to do a clean Windows 7 install so I deleted all my partitions and began installing on the single unalocated (sp) space. I went away and came back and noticed it in chkdsk and this went on for hours. I let it finish and I have still been unsucsful installing. I used the samsung software to test it and it seems my hard drive over the course of partitioning has developed some bad sectors. (It worked perfectly before doing this) it now does a *click* about every few seconds when doing hard drive intensive things like a chkdsk. I read that zero-ing out the drive could help delete these bad partitions (albeit deleting the memory that had bad sectors)
So, I'm trying to figure out the best way about doing. At first I just tried partitioning around the bad sectors in the windows install screen but I didn't really know how to effectively do this. So I just created a 12GB partition for the Windows 7 install and left the rest unalloacted space. but this didn't work, naturally. So I'm wanting to try zeroing out the harddrive to see if this will remove the bad sectors. Any help would be great. Also, is there a more complicated way of partitioning that I could effectively partition around these bad sectors? Once again I'd like to clarify that my hard disk had NO problems before doing this fresh install.