Dell Latitude HDD problem: "Bad or missing loader-system halted."

Hello,
Can anyone please advise possible ways to fix this problem, so that I can retrieve data, before replacing the HDD.
Thanks, Brian.
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  1. check if your hard drive is seen in the bios

    if it is make sure its the 1st bootable device and that you havent left a cd/dvd in the optical drive

    if it still wont boot use another pc to get a copy of something like ubuntu live--you can run it without

    installing it from a disc or usb drive

    as long as your hard drive is actually spinning you can then copy the data off
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