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Is your system set up to boot from USB? What is attached? A flash drive or an external cd/dvd drive? If a flash drive, was the software on it created to be bootable? Is this the first time you are trying to boot from USB? Please provide more details.
by rebooting you must mean wiping out and starting fresh? installing a new operating system. you need either the dell factory recovery disks and start the computer up on the disks. with disks inserted follow to the load from cd promptg if not start over and when the computer turns on tap del key and change boot order settings to prompt boot from a cd dvd drive before a hard drive or any device. this way it will check for operating systems in the cd before the hard drive. then continue installing your choice of factory or updated operating system enter the serial number etc etc as it prompts. it should take about one to two hours beginning to end.
try connecting to a differnt port if it still does the same thing change the usb cable because what i understand is there is a loose connection somewhere ... or the best thing is contact dell at 18006249896 and ask them that u want to change the internal hdd and they will tell u what maximum the system can support and which is available with them ... its their system and if u buy parts from them they have to support u and make sure they both work
Your best bet is going to be an external CD Drive. I assume you have all of the disks that Dell sent with the computer.
You could remove the drive from the laptop, get an adapter that will allow you to connect it inside of your pc, and copy installation files to the drive, and make the drive bootable, but this is not simple. Booting to the Dell CD is simple, and is the easiest. Spend $80 (or less) and get a drive.