Question about Dell Inspiron 6000 Notebook
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DST stands for Drive Self Test, if it fails the test it means your drive is failing.
1. Do you have access to a Windows CD?
If so you can try to boot to the recovery console and run chkdsk /r.
Hopefully you can get it to boot, backup what you need, - then replace the drive.
2. Another solution could bee, - a bit more aggressive,
Reinstall your OS.
3. or - it could just be an error that can’t be fixed. I would get a new disk, install my OS, set the other as slave, and get the needed files.
Don’t forget to vote if this help you.
Posted on Dec 13, 2008
My daughter's computer had the same problem. I ran the chkdsk as suggested at the recovery console. It told me there was a problem in the boot sector. So I typed in 'fixboot'. It asked me if I wanted to overwrite the files in the boot sector. I typed "y" for yes and it fixed itself. It is now working like nothing was ever wrong with it.
Posted on Aug 03, 2009
My Dell Laptop is stuck in a continous loop. I can get to the boot screen using F12. However, no mater which option I choice (safe mode, recovery to last know good boot, etc); after pressing enter the quickly goes through the first part of the boot up then stops at the screen giving me the opions to "recovery of .......boot; safe mode etc. There is one blue screen that flashes by at the near end of the loop, but I can not read the information.
Appreciate your help.
Posted on Mar 20, 2010
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
It appears your hard disk has died and it may not be possible for you to retrieve your data.
Remove your hard drive from the laptop and insert it into an USB harddrive adapter, (they are not expensive and you can use it later as a external hard drive). Then plug it into the USB port of a working computer. The computer should/may see it as an external drive, if you are lucky you will be able to copy your data, if not, you are out of luck.
There are companies that can recover data from faulty hard drives, but it will cost you an arm and a leg for their service.
Posted on Sep 10, 2009
try to change out the hard drive on the notebook whid a similar one the size of the hard drive can not be over 160 gb and reinstall windows if it work you may be loss your hard drive
Posted on Oct 10, 2009
DST (Drive Self Test) failed. this simply means that the drive is no longer stable. If you are unable to boot to windows or safe mode and this is the error you get you might need to do a low level format if you still want to use it or do a debug script then repartition and re-format the drive.
The Low-level partition - will reinitialize your drive to the factory settings.
Debug Script - removes DOS and non-DOS partitions on the hard drive. It also allows you to convert a drive from an incompatible partition structure to one that will work with FDISK.EXE such as, converting Linux partitions to MS-DOS partitions.
For you to use the Low-level format and to completely wipe out HDD data. Use the format software from http://www.killdisk.com, download the CD ISO image , burn to CD, ad boot from CD , the rest can be found in the menu.
In using the debug script use this :
Insert the boot diskette that contains the Debug command into the respective drive.
Restart the computer.
A black screen with Microsoft Windows® 95 Startup Menu will appear. Press the <5> key on the keyboard followed by the <Enter> key. The boot process will conclude with an A:\> prompt, followed by a blinking underline (cursor).
From the A:\> prompt, type the following commands and press the <Enter> key after each command:
NOTICE: Performing the following will remove all data from your hard disk drive.
NOTE: Type the bolded text only (the debug prompt is a dash). You will receive an error if you type anything other than the bold text. The non-bolded text represents the system response that will appear after typing each command and press the <Enter> key.
-F 200 L1000 0
xxxx:0100 MOV AX,301
xxxx:0103 MOV BX,200
xxxx:0106 MOV CX,1
xxxx:0109 MOV DX,80
NOTE: Type 80 for the Main hard drive - HD 0, or type 81 for the Second hard drive - HD 1.
xxxx:010C INT 13
xxxx:010E INT 20
xxxx:0110 (Leave this line blank and press the <Enter> key)
The message, Program terminated normally, appears. Turn off the computer by pressing the power button.
On the next startup the hard drive must be partitioned and formatted.
Hope this helps to save your drive.
Posted on Feb 22, 2010
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