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Computer will not re-boot

When attempting to boot a black screen appears that reads "Loading PBR for descriptor 2...done." Below that: "A disk read error occurred/Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart"
Re-starting, however, does nothing--the same message appears every time.
The problem began when the computer's power source was accidentally cut so the device was improperly shut down.

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  • jrob2001 Oct 07, 2009

    Anything you think I could do to repair a corrupted hard drive?

  • jrob2001 Oct 07, 2009

    Yes I've done a diagnostic scan, there are elements of the hard drive that cannot be read, inhibiting the OS startup. According to the Dell troubleshooting options for this particular problem, system restore is the only viable solution (which I can do, though it would be devastating, having never backed up any of my files). Is there an alternate way to access my files for back-up before initiating the restore process?

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TRY RESTARTING YOUR COMPUTER IN SAFE MODE ( TAP f8 AS SOON AS YOU TURN IT ON AND UNTIL IT SAYS SAFE MODE) THEN CLICK ON TO LAST GOOD KNOWN START UP

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Your hard drive has been corrupted due to improper shutdown

Posted on Oct 07, 2009

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    Steve Sweetleaf Oct 07, 2009

    i would try to do a factory restore.or if you have the disk redo your operating system.youll loose everything.but better to loose it then your pc. can you get into the BIOS.can you do anything with it.do you have the restore disk.if you can get into the bios you can check to see if your hard drive is being read and or showin up[ or it wont show one].let me know.

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    Steve Sweetleaf Oct 07, 2009

    yes there is away if u are willing to learn it read up on it and join the forum you can get all your info before a redo.I personally use this to get passwords fix pcs and it can hack about anything.ITS FREE.LOL..ITS CALLED UBUNTU LIVE ISO CD.IT WILL BOOT ANY PC, FOR THE DISK ACTS AS THE HARD DRIVE.THERES THIS THING CALLED TERMINAL it is the same as command prompt. this is a linex live cd.you will have to have a pc to download it and have a program thatll make ISO images theres free ones on google..once you have downloaded it tryit t it do NOT install it run as live cd.you can connect the the net also.go to a linex ubuntu forum describe what your trying to do and what commands you will need to do this.you will get good answers.give it time.if you learn to use this cd youll be glad you did its a defenette life saver and has many great tools to work with..if you need the link give me a write back.this will work and is your best option.

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