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Thats odd if you cant load linux i would be buying something new whether you go for a new computer or hard drive depends on your financial situation personally would go for new computer nothing feels better than a new computer
set the jumpers on the drive you want to use in CS (cable select) if its a IDE drive then plug in both IDE and power cables if its a SATA drive just hook up both wires. turn on your computer and go in to the CMOS setup usually F2 when you turn on the system . then you want to go to dries and have it auto detect the drive . once that is don install your operating system and have it format the drive before it installs and you should be up and running once that is done. you may have to install drivers to get all the hardware functioning correctly after you install your OS.
Turn off the Computer Turn back on and Press F11 repeatedly when the message "Press F11 to start recovery" is displayed.
The recovery will load and display a menu of options:
Full System Restore (with Backup): This options will move all Hard Disk
contents to the "c:\My Backup" directory and install a new copy of
Windows. This option preserves your existing data files, however all
applications and settings will need to be reinstalled. This option
requires 4GB of free Hard Disk space for the new OS.
Alway suggest backing up your data before you do any recovery
You hit the problem right on the head, NO BOOT. All computers have to have a system disk to read whether it is on a floppy or hard drive. your computer is not reading your hard drive. It either is really screwed up from the boot, or it has been formated and has nothing to read. Try installing a new copy of windows or inserting some type of bootable disk. if that works, Install your windows operating system. Insert a disk in your D drive or your CD drive letter and turn the computer off, restart the computer and the disk should boot your computer. Good Luck.
1. First of all, you must open the computer case (with power off), and werify the power cable and data cable of hdd. please detach and put them right back. 2. then power on your pc 3. you MUST press F2 for setup utility in order for correct setings of your bios. the message "strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility" came from the computer bios, not from Windows XP CD. 4. verify if you followed the correct procedure of installing an new hdd as is described on page 66 of owner's manual from dell.
"Installing a Hard Drive 1 Unpack the replacement hard drive, and prepare it for installation. 2 Check the documentation for the drive to verify that it is configured for your computer. 3 Remove the hard drive bracket (see page 64). 4 Attach the hard drive to the hard drive bracket: a Place the small bracket tabs into the drive-securing screw holes on one side of the drive. b Gently swing the drive toward the bracket and align the three screw holes on the other side of the drive with the screen holes on the bracket. c Attach the hard drive bracket to the hard drive. d Insert and tighten all three drive-securing screws. 5 Install the hard drive: a Place the two bracket tabs into the drive slots inside the bracket for the additional hard drive. b Swing the bracket forward so that it is flush with the bracket for the additional hard drive. c Replace the bracket-securing screws. 6 Connect a power cable to the drive. 7 Connect the data cable to the drive and to the system board (see page 53). 8 Close the computer cover (see page 75). NOTICE: To connect a network cable, first plug the cable into the network wall jack and then plug it into the computer. 9 Connect your computer and devices to electrical outlets, and turn them on. See the documentation that came with the drive for instructions on installing any software required for drive operation. 10 If the drive you just installed is the primary drive, insert a bootable floppy disk into drive A. 11 Turn on the computer. 12 Enter system setup (see "System Setup" on page 80), and update the appropriate Drive option. 13 Exit system setup, and restart the computer. 14 Partition and logically format your drive before you proceed to the next step. See the documentation for your operating system for instructions. 15 Test the hard drive by running the Dell Diagnostics (see page 36). 16 If the drive you just installed is the primary drive, install your operating system on the hard drive."
is the power supply working have u recently installed a new hard drive or cd rom need to make sure that the wires are securly plugged into the drive and into the board and are plugged in to the drive correctly if this is all ok you may have to get a new drive