Mid 2010 Model A1278 / 2.4 or 2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo processor

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Stuck on white start up screen, stop icon appears

When I try to start up my macbook it loads up to the white screen with the apple logo but then the "loading icon" under the apple logo keeps spinning.

After a minute or two a new icon replaces the apple logo it looks like an 'O' with a diagonal slash through it. And the bottom loading icon keeps spinning.

While this is happening the battery seems to get really hot as well.

Someone at a tech store told me it's an hard drive issue, and that I should just replace the hard drive and not get a new laptop. If I get a new hard drive does that mean my data will all be lost?

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It appears your hard drive has died. Here's how to replace it: MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2010 Hard Drive Replacement

To attempt recovery I would put the old drive in an external enclosure or use a universal adapter and then try Disk Utilities to repair it.

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