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Dell Dimension 8250 won't boot-up IDE fail code 5

My Dell Dimension 8250 won't boot.  The hard drive is making a clicking noise and the monitor was blank.  I reviewed the manual and it directed me to view the 4 lights on the back of the CPU.  I have 3 green then one yellow.  The manual then directed me to open the box and check the drive connectors.  All connections are good - nothing lose.  Upon rebooting, I hit F12 and ran the IDE diagnostics. It recognized the hard drive but it failed the test with error code 5.  Now when I try to reboot the system I get "error loading operating system."  I'm going to try and boot with my operating system reinstall disk - wish me luck.
What is code 5 and is my hard drive dead?  Any suggestions for moving forward?

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  • grahamdr Jan 21, 2009

    I tried to reinstall OS but it couldn't do it because the hard drive "is operating outside normal specifications".  The message went on to advise me to replace my hard drive.  Thanks for the help.

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Install your OS and then firstly run chkdsk..

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