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Read disk error on mini laptop

I have a Dell mini laptop and I got a read disk error as soon as I turned on my laptop, the bad thing is that since its mini I can't put a disk in, so I can't put the recovery disk in, what should I do?

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  • vividesanti Jul 14, 2009

    I have windows xp and I'm pretty sure I still have a warranty.

  • Bruce Volkers
    Bruce Volkers May 11, 2010

    What operating system, Linux or Windoze? and is it old enough to be out of Dell's warranty? If still in warranty, don't let them get away with not helping you.


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Unfortunately you will have to have an external usb drive to connect to it.

I would go to walmart and purchase one and keep receipt--use it and then return it.

Also you can see if you can get into Safe mode (F8 at bootup) and one there go to start-->run and type cmd

Then type chkdsk /r
and see if that will run a checkdisk and repair the drive on next restart

Posted on Jul 14, 2009

  • Jared Grant Jul 14, 2009

    You can also to go and click Warranty status on the left side, then type your service tag number of the computer and it will tell you whether or not it's under warranty

    If it is, you can go to and you can do a chat with them.

    To get them to replace the drive, just tell them that the drive is making a 'clicking' noise and that it's not showing up in the BIOS. That always makes them replace the drive.


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