I was playing a game when it froze. I powered down the computer and restarted. It began to loop from the POST messages all the way to the XP splash screen, over and over. After a few times, I got a message saying :
"Pri Slave Hard Disk: S.M.A.R.T. Command Failed"
I went into BIOS settings and disabled SMART for this drive and rebooted, but it continued to loop until I got another message saying, "Reboot and Select proper Boot device
or Instert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key"
Does this mean that my hard drive is gone? I have about 20 gigs of stuff on there that I really need to save.