i called my uncle and he asked if the hard drive was making noises. i said the master drive (a maxtor) wasnt, and he said that means its not spinning and its dead and probably unrecoverable.
i went into o-[bleep] mode and started switching cables and stuff around like an idiot. i later noticed that my slave drive (an old, crappy ibm) was still working., so i switched that to the master, and switched the maxtor to the slave, and it booted up normally.
fortunately it worked, and i could get back into the maxtor drive for some reason, so i could back up all my really important stuff onto an external drive, but i my pc is now really slow because the ibm drive is reeallly messed up (it makes wierd scratching noises and loads stuff so slow).
so in a nutshell, the maxtor didnt work when it was the master drive, but it did work when it is the slave
is this a virus or just a mechanical problem with the drive or whatnot?