@Logicfest -- and if it is not a boot drive that's bad, you are really in luck. You can pull the information off the drive through a recovery program, format the old drive and then write the new information to it.
After going through all, it might be a good idea to consider what you can do to backup your data. Hard drives will fail eventually. Every one of them will. For that reason, protecting important data is essential. Thanks to cloud storage, backing up data for when your hard drive invariably fails is easy.