I would very much like to wipe my hard drive clean and reinstall winows, or at least get rid of all the gunk I have on there now. I have tried booting from my windows cd in bios, and have taken proper steps to rearrange my boot sequence, and even updated my bios, however my computer gives me an error that says the windows installation cannot detect my hard drive. (For some reason it can detect my ipod though). IT says that doesnt mean its not there, (duh) but it simply cannot reach it. I abort, and my computer works fine, minus the reasons why I am trying to wipe it (spyware, too many programs, gunk, etc.). Help Much? Thanks All!
try installing a Linux based OS (say, Ubuntu). If it works, you know that it's not a hardware issue, and if it dosen't, well, then it may be a hardware issue.
Or if you have an older verion of windows, try that as well. This happened to me a while ago. Windows 2000 used to work without a problem on my computer, but XP wouldn't. It turned out to be a motherboard issue though.
That may or may not be the case here, but try a different OS, linux based OS isn't a bad idea.
hmmm, ill try
Could also be some sort of virus. I'm sure I've heard of a virus which does something similar.
To me it sounds more like a driver issue than any of those. Do you have a SATA hard drive? Most SATA controllers require a driver to be installed during Windows setup (see that thing at the start where it says 'Press F6 to...do...something'? That's what it's for :)). If you do have a SATA drive, check your motherboard disks/manuals because you should have a floppy with the driver on it. Failing that, find what model your motherboard is and check the manufacturer's website. There should be a downloadable driver that you can put on a floppy disk.
If you're not sure which driver you need, give us a link to your motherboard and I'm sure either myself or someone else can point you in the right direction.
If this is a used drive, then it could have just been it's time to die. Go with Bs|Archon's suggestions, there could be a couple other reasons as well. You may need to replace your IDE cable if your hardrive is IDE. And if you have something on the IDE chain with the hard drive, take it off and make sure the Hardrives jumper is master. do not use cable select. If you have access to a second computer, pull the " bad drive" that you are having an issue with out and then install it to another pc as a slave drive. If you don't need any information on it, right click and format. Then install it back to your machine.