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Compaq Presario won't boot

Compaq sr1913wm won't boot. Here's the story...I downloaded Spybot and began having problems so I restored what it changed and uninstalled it. Now my pc is having boot errors and wants the recovery disk. I can't access system restore from the start screen (compaq) and windows or anything for that matter won't load.
All fans are working but there is a single beep about every 4 seconds. I've gone into BIOS with no looks like the pc isn't recognizing the hard drive, and has CDR as the first start up.
I'm far from being a computer wiz but have chatted with HP customer support. They want me to send in the pc for the price of $199!?! They also said that the hard drive may need to be replaced. The pc is little over a year old and the memory is only half full.
I just got off the phone with a tech...outsourcing calls to INDIA SUCKS! I guess I'm going to unhook the hard drive and then reconnect it? They said this may help the pc to recognize the hard drive....anybody have any suggestions on how to fix this boot issue?
What I've done...
-disconnected all plugs
-drained power/reconnected power
-tried f8, f10, etc...won't start in any other mode
-screen reads...Disk Boot Failure Insert System Disk and Press Enter
(no recovery I'm trying everything else first...yes I have not backed up info in a while! never again I swear...I'll back it up! forever more!)

What I can access...
-Boot Menu
-Set Up

HELP!!! Thank you in advance!

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Re: Compaq Presario won't boot

You have to reformat your pc.find some bootable disk you try window xp and reformat your pc

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