I bought this laptop on ebay and when I turned it on, it said "No boot sector on hard drive" and then says press F1 for retry or F2 for setup. The problem is i know nothing about computers, so im hoping somone can walk me through the process
FIXBOOT writes the "boot sector" to the specified partition.
FIXMBR repairs or replaces the master boot record of the disk.
You will also want to ensure that your partition is active, because
Ghost will not make a partition active unless you do a sector-by-sector
backup and complete restore.
Here's what to do...
Boot from the XP / 2000 CDROM and allow the setup to begin. Once the
beginning files are copied, you will be asked to Install Windows or use
the Recovery Console. Please choose "r" here, to run the recovery
You will now type in the following commands when the prompt appears:
* This will repair any obvious file system damage, which could complicate things.
* This will run the XP disk partition utility. We will be checking to
see if your partition looks OK. If you see your partition, and the
information diskpart provides appears correct, then that's a good
Press [ESC] to exit Diskpart, when everything looks peachy.
* We'll write a new boot sector, so the computer knows how to boot the computer
* We'll write a new boot record, so the computer knows how to boot Windows
You should be taken care of. If it still does not work, you may need to
delete your partition(s) using diskpart, then recreate the partition(s)
(using diskpart, again).
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A boot sector is a sector of a hard disk that contains booting programs stored in the other part of the hard disk. You boot sector might have been deleted or corrupted and you can't logon until you repair or recover the boot sector. To do this you must have your OS cd. Boot from OS cd the follow below steps...
Insert the installation disc.
Restart your computer
3. If prompted, press any key to start Windows from the installation disc.
Choose your language settings, and then click Next.
Click Repair your computer.
Select the operating system you want to repair, and then click Next.
On the System Recovery Options menu, click Startup Repair. Startup Repair might prompt you to make choices as it tries to fix the problem, and if necessary, it might restart your computer as it makes repairs.
It sounds like you bought the computer without an operating system, if you just bought it you need to install an OS (Windows or linux).
You might be able to get recovery discs from Dell if this sytem is entitled to a windows install. Does it have a Windows OEM sticker on the bottom?
In short, You need to install an Operating System.
You can submit a form to request replacement CDs at https://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/dellcare/en/backupcd_form
You may need to do a ownership transfer with Dell before they will send this there is a form for this as well or you could call customer care http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/change_order/tag_transfer?~ck=ln&c=us&cs=19&l=en&lnki=0&s=dhs
Bad sectors on a hard disk is an every day thing, the hard drive keeps a bunch of spare sectors and a table to reroute bad sectors to the backups. This warning basically means that you are out of backups, and now you may start losing real data if you do not change the hard disk.