I have installed a new Seagate 200GB drive recently into my system about a month ago and have been using it successfully for that time.. It is a Seagate ST3200822A and it is my primary master drive. I am running Windows XP and the drive is formatted to NTFS.
Yesterday, I ran Norton Speed Disk on the drive to defragment the C partition, which completed successfully. I then left my computer on while I went out. When i got back home, my computer was rebooted and trying to detect IDE Drives. I tried to reboot, but it keeps stalling at that same stage and doesn't get past the stage of detecting Hard Drives. I can't even access the BIOS configuration by pressing DEL.
I then detached the Seagate drive, and tried booting from the old WD drive that I had (using it now as my primary master drive). Everything worked fine. I then tried attaching the Seagate as a primary slave drive, but it continues to stall the system, not even getting past the detection of the HD's. When I put my ear closer up against the HD, I hear "clicking" sounds every few seconds from the Seagate drive.
Is my HD a goner? I have had no evidence that there were any problems on the drive. I did run Norton Disk Doctor the drive before defragmenting, and no errors were present.
I can't even seem to access my drive to run diagnostics on it or recover any data. If anyone has any adivce, it would be greatly appreciated.