Partitioning failure on install

I have a colleague whose XP laptop got a nasty bit of BHO malware. 
After bragging that I could get rid of it, I spent many hours in
failure. Basically, it is a browser hijacker that won't go away.  The
solutions I find online go back to 2003 and require that I develop an
equation to reconcile dark matter with anti-matter.  I installed 4
different commercial "solutions" that didn't work.

Giving up on fixing it, I tried to install 11.4 from a Live-CD. 
Accepting the suggested partitioning scheme, I was about to stand up, go
away, and let opensuse do its thing.  Immediately, a gray message box
popped up and said it could not partition the disk because of a certain
block problem.  I tried to set this up as dual boot both to continue
access to the windows data and in the hopes I might someday find a cure
for the malware.  I have 2 options that I have yet to try: a) tell the
install disk to take the whole disk and hope it works; or b) use a nuke
disk I have to wipe the HD.

My preference is to dual boot.  Is there any other option I should try?

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>   Immediately, a gray message box popped up and said it could not
> partition the disk because of a certain block problem. 

You may want to run a file system check on your NTFS from a windows
install or recovery disk.

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6/14/2011 11:36:03 AM
I ran chkdsk a couple of times including chkdsk /f and it didn't cure
the problems.  My colleague was impatient, so I ended up with a nuke &
pave.  I moved the data into the cloud with Spider Oak except for a 425
MB Outlook file.  I burned that to a CD.  Now, there is a password
problem.  The laptop was not password protected, i.e. password was
blank.  However, it appears that the .pst file is password protected.  I
did not set a password and don't understand why it would get one when
there was open access to the file in its original form.  Any Windows
guru have a tip for me?

I ALMOST got them to switch to opensuse.  But almost doesn't count.

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