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No boot sector

I have a Dell Inspirion 6000. I get an error message on start up that reads: "No boot sector on internal hard drive." Is there any way to extract my information if the drive is corrupted?

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  • matcat309 Apr 23, 2009

    I have a brand new Dell Latitude E5500 and when I turn on my computer from day 1 it says No boot sector found on internal hard drive. I press Control Alt Delete and it reloads and windows starts up. Is this a hard drive or a windows issue? I did all the checking and got no answers but since it is new if it is the hard drive itself I should get a new one. I do have the data backed on an external drive. I want to know if I should excercise my warranty or go through all the program reload etc that they want me to do first.



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The other post is correct, but you don't want to try and take out Hard Drives from laptops.
The easiest option is to use a Dell XP CD for recovery
There is a little known fact though, there is a factory shipped Dell Partition that is hidden for recovery.
There is a tool (slightly technical) to 'properly' deal with repairing the MBR (as regular XP disks can ruin Dell MBR's)

Dsrfix Quick-Start This section should give you a quick idea how Dsrfix is used. However, be sure to also read the following sections to get a clearer idea of the details and potential pitfalls.
Dsrfix is a DOS program. It does not work in Windows. It does not work in a XP command-prompt window. It does not work in the Windows PE (preinstallation environment) or RE (recovery environment) -- those are not DOS. You need to boot to real DOS. If you need to, CLICK HERE FOR HOW , you can just download the 98SE DOS Bootdisk to a floppy.
This will get you into DOS (if you need that help) and then you can follow directions below)
It's a bit overwhelming, but it's the safe and real way

Download from DSRFIX LINK (Updated 09-20-2007, version 3.11)

  • Extract from the archive.
    (Note to reader: The other files in the archive are supplemental. The only file you need to copy to floppy disk is
  • Boot from your DOS boot disk.
  • Run the command " DSRFIX ". Review the results to assess whether your system is a good candidate for restoring Dell's DSR feature.
  • Optional: save a dumpfile before making any changes. This may be useful if you later need the information for forensic reconstruction.
  • If you decide your system is a good candidate for repairing Dell's DSR feature, rerun Dsrfix with the command " DSRFIX /F ". The program will repeat its summary report, then prompt you to queue any changes to be made. Accept or deny each fix proposed by Dsrfix. After proposals have been queued, confirm whether you want Dsrfix to go ahead and write those changes to your hard disk.
  • Rerun Dsrfix again for a new report to check the results.
If Dsrfix's report shows no fatal errors and no alerts, the Dell-specific restore feature should be functional on your system. You should see a blue "" banner across the top of the screen when the computer starts to boot. Pressing the Ctrl+F11 keys at that moment should divert the boot process to Dell's custom restore utility.

Hope that helps,


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    Trust Me Apr 14, 2008

    Sorry about the link for DOS disk.
    Here (and choose 98SE):

    Alternately, but using the same tool, this is a possibly, easier to understand set of instructions:

    the Windows 98 boot disk in your floppy drive (Drive A) and restart
    your PC, and from the Boot Menu select #2 Without CDROM support
    feature, as you do not need it, and you will boot up faster.

    you are at the A prompt, replace the Windows boot disk with the second
    floppy disk, the one you copied the four files from the file.

    1) Type:

    mbrsaver /s

    will backup your existing MBR to "mbrsaver.bin" file to the floppy
    disk. Just a good idea in case something goes wrong and you can restore
    this MBR backup, by typing: mbrsaver /r mbrsaver.bin

    2) Next type:

    mbrsaver /r dellmbr.bin

    will restore your MBR sector from the dellmbr.bin copy. You will be
    given a choice of which of the three parts of the sector you want to
    restore: the boot code, the Disk ID, and/or the partition table. Do not
    overwrite your partition table! Normally, you should not need to
    overwrite your Disk ID, either. So answer 'yes', 'no', 'no' to
    MBRsaver's three prompts, then confirm your choices by answering 'yes'
    to the final prompt.

    To make it easy and clear for you, here is what you will need to type:
    boot code : Y

    disk-id : N

    partition table : N

    write MBR sector now : Y

    You will now see: MBR sector restored successfully

    That's it, you have done it.

    remove the floppy disk, reboot your PC, and when you see the blue Dell
    logo at boot up, just keep the Control key pressed down and once a
    second tap the F11 key.


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Yes, you can extract information from the system, by removing the hdd and plugging it into a working system using a USB case. A local computer guy can help you do that .

You can also try to repair windows if you have the OEM xp cd sent from Dell

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