Disk boot failure insert system disk

I am getting this error message at start up on my pc... I have not installed a new hard drive, or any new software for that matter... the message just appeared one day. Does anyone know what would cause this to happen, or how I might go about fixing it?
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  1. Hard drive failure...? Power up the computer, go into the BIOS and see if the hard drive is listed. If you have a Dell or HP you can boot into the onboard diagnostics and see what that shows for drive errors. Is the machine still under warranty?
  2. I would check for any loose cables to the hard disk drive first.

    If the cables are OK I would listen to the hard disk drive to make sure that its spindle is spinning.

    If the hard disk drive's spindle is spinning then I would suspect a problem with the circuit board on the hard disk drive or a head crash or a defective boot sector or incorrect BIOS setting.
  3. Tap the delete key repeatedly on startup to enter the BIOS. Make sure the hard drive is the first boot device.

    As mentioned, double check the cables to make sure they are secure.

    If that doesn't help, try replacing the hard drive data cable, and switch the power cable.

    If that doesn't help, the hard drive is likely toast.
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