Switched on this morning and got the above message on boot. Have gone into the bios and disabled the SMART diagnosis but you've guessed it, still wont boot and no recent backup. Is the hard drive now terminal and consequently I will be unable to get data from it?
You may be able to save your data if, when installing the new drive ( assuming it's an IDE drive) you set the jumper on the back of the drive to 'master', and then set the old drive's jumper to 'slave'.
You bashed it and crashed it - that's a recipe for disaster!
My main drive failed; it didn't pass one of the SMART tests and wouldn't boot. Luckily enough I could still hear the platter spinning. After buying a new drive, and connecing the failed one as a slave, I ran 'Get Data Back for NTFS'. It was brilliant and recovered almost everything that was on the drive.