Good luck with the Apple.
Thanks again for all your help. I went looking for the manufacturer and was unable to find a diagnostic utility for their hdd. It's a toshiba MK6026GAX. It's too bad I just never recieved the diagnostic CD.
The DellÂ Diagnostics can be downloaded from this site's download section.
1. Remove the hard drive and install it in an "external USB hard drive enclosure", connect it to another PC and see if you can copy your important data off of the drive, then do #3 2. If the above fails to work, go here http://www.grc.com/sr/spinrite.
It sounds like it is not booting from the Windows XP CD. On some Dell's if you press F12 at boot up it will allow you to boot from a CD. If not, you will have to enter the setup (F2 at bootup) and set the CD drive as the first boot device).
If you have access to a PC with a CDRW and Floppy Drive which is running Nero or Roxio/Adaptec burner software, you can make a Boot Image/Emulation CDR.
Hello! It really depends on how you formatted your computer. If you were using a restore partition on the computer itself (no disc or anything) and the power went out, you might have corrupted that partition or both partitions.
britmom :smileyhappy: Â In order fo us to help you, you need to post the whole error message. Â There are hundreds of them, so we need more information please. Â Also, do you have an XP installation CD?
It sounds like you've deleted the Dell diagnostic partition (or it is damaged). You can download a test utility from all the drive makers' websites except Toshiba - identify the manufacturer and download its test utility.
I did all the necessary thing to do to make the Hard Drive to be detected,like reseating the IDE cables and even the power connection and im even using a brand new IDE cables.
Power up, start pressing F12 immediately, until you hit a menu. Select the option for diagnostics, which will run the built in diags. The one to watch for is the DST (Drive Short Test). If it fails, the hard drive is dying or dead.
I am using Windows XP. What DVD repair are you referring to? I can't even load into safe mode. I could load a CD as my computer will let me
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