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Your hard drive's Master Boot Record might be the problem. If it was corrupted then the bios will not see a bootable hard drive.
Three things you have to do in order to solve this.
1. purchase a 2.5" external enclosure, remove the hard drive and put it in there. 2. purchase another 2.5" hard drive for the laptop and reinstall Windows. 3. once the reinstall is done, plug the enclosure into the laptop by the usb cable and copy your data to the new hard drive.
Check your BIOS, by pressing F2 and see if the hard drive is recognized. It should indicate the MFR next to the hard drive listing. If it's not there, then you might have a bad hard drive. If it is there, try re-installing the operating system with the set-up disk.
You can also go to the Dell website, enter you service tag number, and get technical support for your particular laptop. It might have a recovery partition in the hard drive to recover to factory settings.
This message it telling you that the PC cannot "Find" your drive. This usually happens if the drive has failed or the "Boot Track" has been corrupted. Well,I suggest, to try all the "Options" first, press F1...If it boots all good... if still no good... then press F2 and make sure the Hard Drive shows in the setup. If it does NOT show there, it is probably best, to then run the diagnostics, but I am fairly sure at this juncture it will tell you your hard drive is kaput, and you will need to replace it.
If it does show up, then we need to fix the boot track... insert your Windows DVD and do a repair,and running the Fixboot command from recovery console.
Your BIOS is looking for a drive to "boot" from and does not see your harddrive or CD-rom.
You may have a harddrive failure or bad drive controller.
One way to see is to load your operating system disc in your CD-rom and see if the computer sees the drive and boots up. If it boots, try to locate your "C" drive. If you can't locate the harddrive, it's a good bet it's damaged.
If the CD-rom doesn't boot, it is most likely a bad drive controller or cable.