ATA Error at Boot


I have ALL ORIGINAL hardware and have done nothing consciously to change the system configuration. I left my Dell E1505 laptop (XP Home Edition ) to make lunch - when I came back I had the black screen with

PRB 4 . . . done
[XLDR] ATA Error

Ran the complete version of all the available diagnostics in BIOS set-up with no errors. Booted from a DELL OEM Windows XP Reinstallation CD. That deleted & reinstalled several files, but when it tries to start Windows, same error message.

Used the Dell CD with diagnostics & utilities without success. No problems found.

Nothing during boot-up has gone past this message. I really want to understand what this exact error message means AND save my files.

Answers, Suggestions, Advice are most appreciated.
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