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Computer Still Down (Bad PBR)

When this computer was originally bought it didn't come with a startup disk or a recovery disk. At this point I really don't know what to do anymore. I tried all that I could within the power of not having the xp disk. Are there any other fixes that someone could suggest. I really need to get this thing back working. I just purchased 750 or a TB drive and I would like to actually use it in my Dimension 4700 but I don't know what will happen. I got my plate, looking for food for thought served with a few chips. I'll have just a bytes......

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Bad pbr means tht the sectors on the hard drive are bad.....u can try running tests on the hard drive by going to the f12 menu & thn contact dell tech support if u get any error msg........else u can get a win xp disc & reinstall the os

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