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I just wanted to say, this was a very entertaining thread. To those that suggested the solution to this problem, I applaud you for your thoroughness and patience. :)

Remove the hard drive, mount it into a 2.5" USB 2.0 drive shell of the appropriate type (SATA or PATA/EIDE) and attach it to a working system. Copy your data files.

This is what appears when I try to install windowxp. I can't start my computer to do the things they suggest. It seems I would be able to get this screen off my computer some way or some how??? What do you think?

Remove the hard drive, mount it in the case, and attach it to a working system. See below for hardware manual and hard drive removal/install instructions. You will need to take ownership of the files you want to copy: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817349004

So there is no way possible I can fix this error without installing a new hard drive first?? This is just a spare laptop and it was working great and I don't really want to install a hard drive if at all possible!! Thanks for answering so quickly.

If you need to recover data, purchase a drive case such as the one below, and mount the drive in it. Attach it to a working system - you may be able to recover some or all of your data files.

Start by running an extended hard drive diagnostic - F12 at powerup. Boot to the Dell diagnostics from the menu, and let the quick tests run. Then boot to the full 32-bit diagnostic and run an extended hard drive test. If the drive fails, as is likely - you will need to replace it.

Yes. It is a bad hard drive. Replace with any new, 2.5" drive, 9.5 mm or shallower. Then reload everything. You will need a Windows disc - if you're in the US and don't have one, you can order one here: httpsupport.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/dellcare/en/backupcd_form

This is a dangerous operation on a failing drive - be sure you've nothing on the drive you can't afford to lose before you try it. Otherwise, remove the drive, mount it in an external case and attach it to a working system by USB and BACK UP what you can, before going further.

You CANNOT boot this drive - it is FAILING. If there is data on the drive you need, REMOVE THE DRIVE, MOUNT IT in a 2.5" USB 2.0 EIDE external case as above, and attach it by USB to a working system. Take ownership of the files and copy them to the working system's hard drive.

Thanks for the insight and reply. I finally got a new computer from ZT Systems with Windows 7. I also purchased a backup device called "Clickfree" automatic backup, that will back up files on several computers up to 320GB.

What would I use the external case for after I do this? I am asking, cause I am looking at some on Newegg and Amazon.com, and don't want to spend a fortune on something I only need one time.

You can do that, yes. What model system has the failing drive in it?

The same thing recently happened to me and I had to install a new HDD. Before purchasing anything new,try inserting your XP CD, hitting F12 (or F8) at the Dell screen, and booting from the CD ROM.

You do need a new hard drive. Purchase an external USB hard drive case (depending on the model, you'll need SATA or EIDE) and mount the failed drive in it. Install the replacement drive in the system, rebuild the OS, and connect the failed drive and read what you can. Then purchase another 2.

I can't start my computer and I ran the Start DST Short Test and received the Error codes "1000-0146 Msg: Unit 0: IDE status failed. Status byte=64 ControlCode=1 Msg=No additonal sense information and 1000-0141 No drive detected". Please help me. Thank you!!
9/26/2010  |  (Forums)

"The DST log contains previous error(s)" is the exact definition of that code. Â It still means replace the hard drive.

Easy to replace is one issue. Getting one is another. If I am not mistaken then this laptop has a 2.5" 9.5mm high EIDE/PATA drive (standard in old laptops). Since these are now obsolete the availability of new drives seems to have taken a dive come 2011. And as a result the price is rising.

Enceladus, This thread is 2 1/2 years old. Did you try lookinf HERE? Rick

Hi Rick! Thank you very much. I will stop trying to install XP. Maybe I'll find a way to have the hard disk fixed. Kindest regards Konrahel

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