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No c: local drive - Disk Error

Just completed a reinstall and had a power outage, when the computer was turned back on. Black screen appeared with message: Disk Error

Used Ultimate Boot CD for Windows to do diagnostics but no drive to perform reinstall. HOw do I fix this?

Please help, thank you.

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Run BIOS diagnostic utility in DOS, reboot when you see "press F? to enter startup. navigate to whatever you want to fix or run, save changes, reboot.

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Move the jumper on the alternate-capacity jumper, as shown in Figure 6. This causes the drive to appear to your BIOS as having a 2.1-Gbyte capacity (4,092 cylinders, 16 heads, 63 sectors per track). You may need third-party partitioning software, such as Disk Manager, to achieve full capacity of the drive. 
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