OS (C:) disk failure
More than likely it's just that, your hard drive (the device on the computer where all of the information is saved) is malfunctioning and likely needs to be replaced. This can be done on this model of computer by removing several screws on the bottom of the all-in-one and sliding the back of the machine upwards. Where you can then access the hardware of the computer and then replace the hard drive itself.
My advice will range depending on how fluent you are with computers. If you aren't the best 'techy' person, the best advice I can give is to bring the computer to a local repair place.
Otherwise it would be ideal to download a Hard Drive diagnostic utility (Such as Hitachi's Drive Fitness Test. Pop that in google and download the .iso. Which will then need to be burned using another computer and .iso burning software.) You then would need to place this disk in the Dell and press F12 as the computer turns on, and choosing your cd-rom drive. By following the prompts you would be able to run the entire diagnostic utility, which would be ideal in order to make sure you don't waste time or money on buying a new drive (in the unliklihood that this isn't the problem.)
So your drive failed diagnostics, or your hard drive is bad and you just want to replace it. You would need to buy a new 3.5'' Hard Drive from a local Best Buy or computer store, or even online on such sites as newegg.com. Replace it internally in the computer, and then re-install your operating system using the System Disc that was included with your PC.
This is a bit of a rough synopsis on doing any of this work, but assuming you are savvy enough to understand what I'm saying you can do the work yourself. If you have no idea, then once again I would recommend bringing the computer to a local repair place.
Mar 02, 2011 |
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