Clicking noise is a bad bad sign.
If this is XP you can load up Disk Management and see what the disk and partition information looks like. That's at Start > Run > diskmgmt.msc
What you'll likely see in there is the disk on the lower pane, but either no partition information for it, or an unformatted partition. If you see that it's possible that you could use a software data recovery tool to get the data, depending on how cooperative the drive is, of course.
TestDisk is a good free software tool for recovering lost partition info.http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk
This is a good guide to a bunch of freeware data recovery programs.http://www.hiren.info/downloads.php/data-r...ry/hard-drive/1
Of the commercial programs I've had good experience with GetDataBack as a Windows-based recovery utility. http://www.runtime.org