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Re: please help going out my head with this problem
Dell machines store information about the recovery partition in the boot record of the computer. If your computer was reformatted earlier or the original boot record was replaced this would happen.
What you can do right now is insert the dell recovery cd in the drive and restart the computer. it will ask you on the screen to press any key to boot from cd press any key and the reinstallation formatting options would appear on the screen.
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It does sound there is a problem with the hard drive. However if you hit F12 at boot you will get an option to run the system diag on the computer. Let me know the error you get and I can tell you where the problem is.
Please let me know what is the make and the model of the pc that you are using.. Also, go to the bios, under boot menu, make sure that you have hard drive as the first boot option.. For further queries please get in touch..
In your system actually the hard disk is not found because of some loose connection; so you just try to remove your hard disk and then start your pc and shutdown it after 1 minute. and then just attach your hard disk properly.
step 1 - First insert the windows xp cd in your cd drive.
step 2 - Then start your computer and keep pressing F12 key on your keyboard.
step 3 - After pressing F12 key,it will show you some options to select from where you want to boot from.
step 4 - Select 'Boot from CD drive/USB cd drive'
step 5 - Now it will try to boot from your bootable windows xp cd which you have inserted in th CD drive.
step 6 - After reading the CD it will prompt you to 'Press any key to boot from CD drive'
step 7 - At this moment press any key.Remeber you will have to press any key while this prompt appears.otherwise it will boot from your Hard disk drive.
step 8 - After pressing any key it will start windows xp setup.
No boot device available means that there is no Operating System available. F12 is the key that will get you into the Dell BIOS, not F2. Once there change your Boot Order to your HDD first. Good luck!!
You can reformat the hard drive when installing windows. In order to get this done you will need a bootable windows instalation cd. Just start the computer and press f12 to select boot from cd. When the windows instalation starts, among the first things it will do is to ask you how to reformat the hard drive. In order for this to be shown however, you will need to boot the cd when you start the computer instead of running it from windows. Make sure you copy the files you don't want to loose to another hard drive or usb stick before you attempt this. Once you allow the windows instalation cd to format the drive you can't recover anything from it, and a new, fresh copy of windows will be installed with factory defaults.