Question about Dell Dimension 3100 PC Desktop
I ersed the hard drive with a eraser disk. Now
I get this error.
UNABLE to locate
media Direct Bios table
Error w/ MD3 Power Button
When I try to reload software from orig. disk
I believe this is due to Media Direct requiring a 2G hidden partition and entries in the MBR. As I understand it you have to boot from the Media Direct disc first for it to recreate the partition assuming it has been deleted then install your OS. If you do not want the Media Direct then you should be able to use the OS disc recovery console to repair the MBR.
More info can be obtained from the Dell Forum
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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you have to format your hard drive using a third party disc to erase everything on your hard drive
During the boot process you will see on the screen to press a certain key to enter setup
Press and hold that key during the boot up process to enter BIOS the scroll down to advanced bios features press enter change your first boot device to cd,press escape then press f10 to save to cmos to restart
note this will erase you operating system you will have to have an operating system disk to load it onto you hard drive or create a partition to load another operating system
(note after you have loaded the operating system you should go back and change the first boot device to your hard drive)
hope this helps
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