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Sounds like the machine got stuck in the middle of a installation of windows. Best thing to do is to reinstall windows and let the cd format the hard drive, if it can't format the hard drive then the hard drive is bad and would need to be replaced.
Most likely scenario is the drive is dead, but also the BIOS on your computer is old itself, I believe there are a few BIOS upgrades available for that model, might want to check with Dell support site. If you have access to another computer, there is a way to check your drive. Go to a computer retail store or on Ebay, but a EIDE/SATA to USB adapter. This will allow you to take a hard drive out of the case and attach this adpter to it and plug the usb side into another computer, laptop, doesn't matter...that computer will read the drive as an external hard drive....if the drive is indeed still viable. If it is, this would be a good time to save your files to the other computer for safe keeping until you can get your other system back on its feet.
Check your BIOS setting to see if it detects the hard drive (Primary disk 0). If it can't detect the hard drive then the hard drive maybe faulty. Open the case unpluge the IDE cable from the hard drive and reconnect it again, also unplug the IDE cable at the motherboard and reconnect it again including the power connector on the hard drive.
There maybe an option to test the hard drive in the BIOS, if so use it to test the hard drive.
If the hard drive is faulty, you need to replace it and install Windows, the various device drivers and your programs to get a functioning computer again.
You might consider buying a new computer (it will be faster & better than the old Dell) and you have your new monitor to go with it.
You may find that either the cable is not connected properly or is faulty, or the worse case the mother board has problems (driver, chips, breakages) May even be a power supply problem, as the power supply has many output points and different voltages that the HDD power out may have blown. If it has then the rest of the system will appear to be ok. So first off, check the cables connections on the motherboard, and look for any breaks in the cables, and if you have a power meter of some sort check the power connection, or plug in another power connector, the ones with the same end are generally the same power outputs. The ribbon cable for the HDD should have 2 sockets for HDDs and you must connect your HDD to the end one.
IT sounds like the hard drive went bad, especially with the clicking noise. If you want to keep the system, you will need to buy a new drive (relatively cheap) from tigerdirect or newegg and istall it. NOt sure if dell still send out recovery cds with their systems but if you have one just insert the cd after you install the new drive and follow the prompts. If you do not have one contact dell support and they should beable to send you one
Put the CD in your CD Drive and shut off the pc.
Then start it up again making sure the CD is still in the drive.
You will then be asked if you want to boot from CD. Press any key to confirm this (it might skip asking you if it detects that your hard-drive is already blank)
Then you want to let it run its install routine.
Im not sure what options it will give you but the ones you are looking for is FULL install.