By hard, I mean HARD. It seems the actuator arm or something was off, and it scratched parts of the hard drive all up. Lost two windows XPs, only to find it not bootable at all, or even recognizable (Boot secotr perhaps? Or just too much damage).
This was, of course, before I set the hard drive on a metal case and shorted out the hard drive controller. And melted the chip.
This is what hard means.