I've tried recently to format my hard disk drive whose partition turned out to be corrupted. Unfortunately, the formatting is not succesful and it's temporarily rendered useless. is there any program that would help recover my HDD or does it really mean i'll have to let it retire?
That depends on how much money and time you want to spend.
OnTrack (www.ontrack.com) has several recovery tools. EasyRecovery™ DataRecovery 6.1 - Standard Edition may help but it lists for $199.
What vendor is your HDD? First of all you should try to install some tools of your vendor to diagnose your disk.They can be downloaded from the hdd vendor site. You can also download Hien Boot CD or Ultra Boot Cd it has most of those tools on live CD.It will also help you to clone your hdd for further recovery and recover files you need.
There are a lot of things you can try. I guess you don't need the data again, because you already tried to format it.
First thing you can try is deleting the partitions (for example with your windows-installcd or with a linuxinstall cd) and create one or more new ones. After that you can try to format those. If this doesn't work because of hardware problems (bad sectors etc.) your harddisk is damaged and you can save yourself the time and buy another one, because even if you manage to fix it this time you can't trust the drive anymore.
There are a million and one sulutions for getting ur data back off the drive. Just take ur choice of the programs out there. A google search should give you plenty of options.
As for formatting the drive. I would go back to the manufacturer and get thier software. All drive makers have software avail on thier website (you can make a floppy or CD from iso images). Using the software you can reformat the drive and create partitions according to the manufacturer's specs. Whenever I had a prob with formatting a drive this always works like a charm.
You can then istall windows like normal.
Hope this helps
Try Symantec Partition Magic, if it doesn't work, e-mail me, I have a document with tons of tips, and if you don't get a solutions after all that, quit the cheap life, and buy a hard drive.
You also might want to try a low level format (your HDD manufacturer should have a utility for this) then after that is complete, try a normal format again.
Most likely the drive is dead and needs to be replaced. Hard drive diagnostic utilities from the drive manufacturer will tell you for sure though.