Ignore the acoustic test, finish the long test. If it passes, whatever errors that were on the disk were fixed and you can try the startup repair again from the Win7 disk. If it fails, it means it couldn't fix the bad sectors and your hard drive is done, sorry. The dos/cdrom vesions of seatools dont have log files so you can't really tell what the problem is or was, only if it worked or not.
Let's say it is definately dead (which makes me go nuts because all my most important files were there) What should i do. I got another drive too, with less important files that i wouldn't mind formatting.
What are my options?
Could i try to format the "dead drive", first, in case it works?
Should i format my older drive and install Win7?
Can't i boot Win7 from a USB drive? I got a patriot 4gb.
I usually format from Windows too, so i'm kinda loss...
I would format the other drive, install windows on it and then enter into window from that drive. From there, if you can see your original drive, see if you can copy anything off of it. If you can, you're laughing. If you can't, right click on the drive, go to Properties and then Tools - click on "Check now" under Error checking. Check both option boxes and run it, might also be able to fix a bad sector or two. good luck!