A brief overview of what happened. I wanted to securely erase all the data on the HD so I used East-Tec Eraser 2004 and clicked on the external USB HD (laptop HD, connected via USB adapter). Now at around 98% the program hung, so I had to reboot my computer. Upon restarting windows, the program told me it had succesfully erased the data. I tried turning on the HD again, and I get nothing but 5 clicks and the drive goes silent.
I would like to get my drive back to normal. I figure it might have had something to do with deleting the System Volume Information or possibly even the FAT since I believe the eraser program is fairly low-level.