Six months after installing my IBM deckstar 40GB I found this site and read about thier unreliabilty. I thought mine was fine but now after 12 months it has starting making strange noises when accessing. I have backed up all my important files to CD but how long have I got to get a new one? Going to get a maxtor next, lesson learnt!!!!
I had the same problem with an IBM 20gig hard drive. Made a noise one day and after doing scan disc showed bad sectors. Somewhere in PCA forum is a thread to hard disk checker.
I think its from toshiba and has a file called DFT32-V330. I used this to create a floppy disk, it then boots up via A drive.
It seems to have repaired the disk and it now seems quieter (might be my imagination though). After doing a scan disk (thorough) it showed no bad sectors. I still have the exe file if you cannot find it.