and how would i copy my data to a different partition
Whenever you are working with a drive that risks the data on it, (and the data is valulable) the best way to save it is to get the drive into a different computer, (or at least boot from a different drive) and get your stuff out.

If all of a sudden my main HD started being ghey, (and if it was the only computer I had) I'd pop in a 2 gig'er with a generic install of win98, and grab the valulable stuff off the drive. 2GB you say!! yea. 2GB is all I would need because all of the media content I have is already backed up elsewhere, mainly its own drive.