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Possible hard drive failure. You may have to reinstall the operating system and if that doesn't work then you have to get a new hard drive. The tech may or may not be able to recover your files from the damaged unit.
Before you use the Recovery CD you need to backup your data because to restoring your laptop will wipe your data off the hard disk. To backup your data when you cannot boot up your laptop, remove the hard drive and connect it to an USB hard drive adapter. Connect this hard drive/USB adapter into the USB port of a working computer. The computer will see it as an external storage device, you can then open the folders and backup your data. You can then fit the hard drive back into the Dell laptop and boot up with the Dell recovery CD to reinstall Windows etc.
First you have to make sure you bought the right kind of hard drive (IDE or SATA) to make the installation and connection easier. IDE drives have a set of prongs or pins that stick out. SATA is the later type and does not have prongs or pins sticking out. You just turn the laptop over and remove the cover where the hard drive will be housed. Usually it will have an icon of 3 circular discs on it. Most laptops will also require a Caddy that the drive sits in before it goes into the laptop. And some might require a interface.
I suggest you look on ebay and see if your computer's make and model requires a hard drive caddy or interface.
In the search box just type your computer's make and model followed by hard drive caddy. Example: Dell Latitude D610 Hard Drive Caddy
In the search box type this is see if it requires an interface: Example: Dell Latitude D610 Hard Drive Interface
First - re-seat the harddisk and reboot the computer. If the computer does not boot up then reboot andgo into the BIOS configuration to see if the BIOS detects the hard drive. If itdoesn't detect the hard drive then it could be faulty. Then the hard drive needsto be replaced in the computer/laptop, Windows installed and the computer orlaptop's device drivers plus your programs etc. to get a functioningcomputer/laptop again.
When you boot up the laptop press F10 to bring up an list of devices to boot up from, select the CD drive. OR Go into the BIOS setup and to the Boot start up and move the CD to the top as the first boot device with the hard disk as the second device. Your laptop will now boot uo with the Windows Vista installation CD.