Bios doesn't detect Hard Drive

Hi. This only happend out of the blue this morning when i went to turn on the computer.

Bios seems to act as if the hard drive isn't even there and therefore doesn't boot up into windows, getting a message saying there is no hard disc. The hard drive sounds like it's working and it also pends for a while when trying to find the ide drives so it is trying to work.

The hard drive is connected via sata and the cables are all working as it picks up other hard drives such as the one i have setup now to type this thread.

I've flashed the bios to the latest version but to no avail.

I'm guessing the hard drive is broke but just wondering if there is anyway i can recover the data or even get it to work again?
Thanks.
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