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Before you use the Recovery CD you need to backup your data because to restoring your laptop will wipe your data off the hard disk. To backup your data when you cannot boot up your laptop, remove the hard drive and connect it to an USB hard drive adapter. Connect this hard drive/USB adapter into the USB port of a working computer. The computer will see it as an external storage device, you can then open the folders and backup your data. You can then fit the hard drive back into the Dell laptop and boot up with the Dell recovery CD to reinstall Windows etc.
This is saying that the ntldr, which is a file necessary to start windows is missing. You will need to follow one of these steps in the links, below: Note, if you have Windows Vista or Windows 7, you'll need to boot from the Windows system disk and follow the prompts to repair Windows http://www.fixya.com/support/r4501608-when_windows_xp_start_primary_fix http://www.fixya.com/support/r4501848-when_windows_xp_start_secondary_fix
PBR is the partition boot record and holds information regarding how to boot.
Dell systems use three partitions on the Hard disk - descriptor 1 is the Dell Utility partition, 2 is the XP partition, and 3 is the Dell Restore partition.
The error you are getting is due to a corrupt boot record.
Try this: 1- Start up the computer and click F12 to give you the boot-up options. 2- Insert Windows Installation/Recovery CD into CDROM, choose CDROM boot option and click enter. 3- Let the installation process continue until it prompts you "Press R to repair". . .this should then take you into the DOS mode. 4- Type in FIXBOOT and when prompted, press "Y" to start creating the new boot partition. If everything goes right, you should get a message saying the partition was corrupted and a new one was created successfully. 5- Remove the CD and reboot your system, everything SHOULD be ok now.
N.B: Dont try a FIXMBR or you'll loose you hidden dell partitions, meaning if you haven't backed it up onto DVD, you cant go back to the original factory settings if you ever need to.
Start the PC and run diagnostics (Fn + Power) then run the hard drive diagnostics. If this fails then chances are the Hard Drive has errors which probably means you would be lucky to get your file back Im afraid.
Boot to the Diagnistics FN+POWER at boot, run hard drive diagnostics. The PBR Descriptor 2 message is part of the normal boot process (directing the boot loader to Primary Boot Recond 2, the C: Drive) but usually flashes on an off so fast most people never notice it. Since the boot process is not going past the re-direct it is indicative of a bad hdd (Since the re-image process crashed)
Most likely you are looking at a hard drive replacement.
Regardless you are going to need an XP CD (you'll have to reinstall windows or run recovery console at a minimum)