Thanks for the info. Just to be sure I know what to do....I insert my installation disk with the unit off, then turn the unit on and boot up but look for "repair" and not reinstall, correct? I think it would be worth a try.
The hard drive has failed. You can try to boot from the installation disk and do an OS repair. This will not lose you data. If you do an OS reinstall, you will lose everything. Even if you get a new drive (is it still under warranty?
What if I don't get a blue screen? What I get is the 'XP' screen, where it goes before the screen where you can logon. It looks like it's doing something, because the bars at the botton keep going, but just doesn't get past this screen.
The 2350 needs a standard 3.5" EIDE (NOT SATA) desktop drive. Replace the drive, and reload WIndows. Connect the faulty drive as a secondary (you'll need to enable it in BIOS setup) or mount it in a 3.5" external case and attach it to a working system to see what you can still read.
It isn't clear which model system the drive came from?
I have a Dell 1525 INSPIRON aND WHN EVER I TURN IT ON IT SAYS ERROR LOADING OPERATING SYSTEM aND I HAVE THE DISK bUt wHEN I PUT IT IN IT SAYS PRESS ANY KEY TO TO BOOT FROM CD AND I DO BOOT FROM IT I GET THE WINDOWS BAR THING AND AFTER THAT I JUST GET A BLACK SCREEN I REALLY DONT CARE IF I LOOSE
It's very difficult to help, without knowing what model system you have.
THANKS FOR TRYING TO HELP ME BUT WHAT YOU SAID DOESN'T MAKE ANY SENSE TO ME. I DON'T HAVE THAT MUCH KNOWLEDGE LIKE YOU DO WITH COMPUTERS
You said there is no permanent fix so there must be a temporary fix so I can at least copy my files and get some of my stuff off the computer before I install a new hard drive??
There is no permanent fix other than a replacement drive, no. There are utilities provided by drive makers for mapping out bad sectors - but they'll continue to propagate and more will pop up -- could be five minutes or five days - or five months - after you invest time in reinstalling.
I have a Dell laptop Inspiron 6000 Int centrino moble techinology. I bought it in 2005 from Dell. If I could just get that blue screen off the computer I could recover my data and reinstall windows. I know there has to be a way but finding out is the hard part!! Hope you can help! Thanks Denise
Ok, this is a question from the inexperienced.... I have another laptop sitting right beside the one that crashed. This system is using Windows Vista, and the other system that crashed is using Windows XP. Can I attatch the failed drive to the working system via the external case and USB?