Don't blame windows on a bad drive. Even a drive set as slave can cause the computer not to work. I recently had this happen, and didn't figure out it was the drive at fault until after a format/reinstall. And the drive was a slave.
If it's clicking, there's not much you can do. You can try tapping it with the butt of a screwdriver while it's on... not too hard, of course. Sometimes that will allow it to work. Sometimes setting it in the freezer for about 15-20 minutes, then quickly plugging it in the computer and trying to get data off before it heats up too much, works.
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