I have a 160 Western Digital drive that's behaving very strange. It was in one of my laptops, all of a sudden the laptop would not boot. I took the drive out and plugged into my desktop Windows would not recognize the drive. So, I boot into Linux on my desktop, success! Linux was able to: mount, create a partition, and write to the drive. When I went back to Windows, the hard drive shows up, but it's unable to do anything with the drive. The hard drive is listed in the disk management, but its black mean unallocated. Windows is unable to partition and format the drive. I thought writing zeros will remedy the problem, however I get an LBA error. Ultimate Boot CD has a few hard drive tools for this exact problem, but the tools are made for different drives. Is it possible those tools on a WD? For example, Seagate has a tool called SeaTools. Would that cause irreversible damage to the hard drive?