One day the harddrive would not boot, no error messages, had my IT guy at work look at it, said that it went to 32 GB from 160 GB, asked if anyone played with jumpers, I replied NO. Had the brother in law have a look, he could find the XP OS. Anyone else have this problem, can i retrieve any info from the drive, my daughter had pictures of her first childs birth on it, can anyone help. Thank You
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This message usually means your "boot record" on your harddrive is corrupt due to a virus attack or harddrive failure. You will need to repair your boot record. If that doesn't solve the problem, replace your harddrive. If you don't know what this means, take it to a good computer repair shop. It's not something you want to do as a "newbie".
This can be indication that your Harddrive is not being detected by the system. You can try loading the defaults in BIOS or re-detect your harddrive automatically. See if it is listed in the boot devices in BIOS. You can also try to check if power is correctly supplied in the harddrive. Open your CPU box, take out the cables (especially the molex) for the harddrive and put them back in firmly.
You can try to use the 32 bit harddrive diagnostic of dell to check if your harddrive is still working or not. Here's a guide: Click Here
If the dvr isnt booting the harddrive, then the harddrive isnt seated properly in the removeable harddrive drawer, or the harddrive is improperly formated, or you have the wrong type of harddrive, or the master/slave settings on the harddrive are not set properly (master). what ive found is an 80gig/160gig is the most that these things will handle. and some brands work and some brands don't. and the harddrives have to be IDE/EIDE type drives. but it sounds like a harddrive interface problem. They like the older harddrive formatts/(not xp/vista)....good luck!!!!