You would be very hard pressed to find anyone with proof that a virus had damaged your hard drive. Theoretically, it might be possible to do something that would cause some sort of damage, but I am unaware of any such malware ever being found in the wild. It is a common misconception that viruses damage hard drives, but the reality has been that they erase or corrupt data. This subject has been debated ad nauseam and the end result is always something along the line that "well, it is possible, or at least was a few years ago." Most hard drives cannot be damaged by any software running on them.
You may want to to check out your drive controller. Over the years, I have found that hard drives die with tragic frequency -- in fact, I'm awaiting the diagnosis from a manufacturer on a 17GB drive I purchased just over a year ago and which suddenly "got confused."
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This was first published in March 2002