Okay, now I'm truly screwed.
My brother's PC is now on the fritz as well, and I have no idea what the hell the issue is.
It makes a seemingly random constant series of clicks as the PC loads up... and it gets stuck when it says:
Searching for IDE drives...
It just stays like that, and it keeps on clicking. I took some pics and a sound recording of it, take a look below.
The sound recording is in the attachments.
The click you are hearing is commonly know as the click of death. It often signifies the imminent death of a hard drive.
Yup, your hard drive is dead. If you open your pc and put your hear close to the HD, you'll see the noise comes from there. The IDE drive IS the hard drive by the way. I had this problem on my now defunct Maxtor.
Ah, thanks guys. So... any suggestions for good replacement HDs?
Seagates are good HD's, all of my larger HD's i've had have almost all been seagates, never had a problem with any of them. Western Digitals are good to, i have a pretty old 8GB WD that still works perfectly.
What size would you be looking to get?
About 60 - 80GB.
Not sure what your price range is, but they have a 160 gb hard drive on sale at Best Buy for $60. It's a Western Digital. http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=5524373&type=product&productCategoryId=pcmcat33200050001&id=1051826249503
Can't be bothered to look it up on a US site but a 80gb HDD costs about £30. £36 would get you 160gb and £45 200gb or even 250gb. What I'm saying is that even if they are a little cheaper and you don't need the extra storage space, for what it's gonna cost you....
Seagates and Western Digitals can be relied upon, I'm currently using a 320gb Seagate Barracuda that runs flawlessly, and my parents are using an old 80gb WD which is still working well.
I can't say the same with Maxtor however, DO NOT buy a hard drive for that company, NEVER! They work well the first few weeks/months, then they tend to die in gruesome fashion. That, and you can be certain their consumer "satisfaction" department is horribly run. My first Maxtor died after 3 weeks, we sent it back, a MONTH later we received a new one that conveniently happened to be "dead in the box", we sent that one back too, then we received ANOTHER one that was ALSO "dead in the box". We finally received one that was working, only to have it die 3 months later. Later on, I had a 200gb maxtor drive coming with my then new computer, it died a few months later (the exact same way you described) and I have NEVER received the replacement drive from the guarantee. I have done researches to see if I was the "unlucky guy" out there, and it appears it happens very often with Maxtor, a truly shitty company I must say.
Hmmm the 7 year old Maxtor in my P3-based HP still works and the two in my sig are still working after well over 2 years.
You can never say a certain HDD brand is crap, it just depends on your luck. Like, the infamous Hitachi Deathstars? Got three of them in the computer in my sig and they're all perfect, same age as the two Maxtors.