Almost everytime I close the lid on my lap top or power it on it gives me an error stating that there is no hard drive available to boot. The only way I can use the computer in between the error message is when I hold the power button and remove the battery before turning the lap top back on! PLEASE HELP, COMPUTER IS ONLY 20 DAYS OLD!
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Re: Hard drive error #0041
This sounds to be a hard drive issue. Run a DST or short test diagnostic, this will give you a pass or fail on the hard drive. The other thing that is concerning is having to take out the battery in order to start. This generally occurs when a battery develops a dead short, but usually it's a well used battery. This is a hardware issue and it will not get any better. If you can, take it back and exchange it, RUN don't WALK because most retailers do not like to exchange electronics and the return period is generally short. I am a firm believer in Dell, they make good machines, and you should not have these issues with this machine, even at 2 years old much less 20 days. Be firm with them and demand an exchange, even if you have to take it to management. Also tell them you spoke with a tech (they don't have to know that it was over the internet) and his advice was exchange because the machine shouldn't have these problem at this point. It's still a baby!!!
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Yes you need to install the operating system back to your computer and you also need to install the drivers and the programs on it. New hard drives are blank. After installing everything up, don't forget to add a premium anti-virus. That's very important. You should also add a tech software like RadarSync so that you won't have to worry about getting your computer's drivers updated.
If you are receiving error codes on your computer most likely thye hard drive has a bad sector. Hard drives last approxamately 5 to 10 years depending on useage. If shut down improperly by powering off the power button the drive will go bad. This cause is the number one problem destrying a hard drive. No need to pull your heair out. Just purchase a new drive and not a rebuilt. Rebuilts do not have a warranty as a new one does and rebuilts do go out wiy=thin months most of the time. The BIOS in your computer is set up to accept any Windows disc for your programming. Here is $10 to $20. After installing the NEW hard drive you simply install the disc and turn on the computer. You will follow simple instructions to get you computer running again. If you love your old computer you will save money repairing it instead of purchasing a new one instead
the only thing you need to know is if it is a sata or ide hard drive (if you look at the end of the drive if it has a lot of little holes it's an ide) then shop for whatever size drive you want i.e 250GB 2.5" hard drive. Because it's for a laptop it will have to be a 2.5" hard drive.
More than likely you have a bad boot sector on your hard drive, there is little you can do without the operating system to re-install. if the computer has a floppy drive or you have a USB floppy drive you can use a Windows 98se disc and use fdisk to wipe the partition. There are several other disk utility programs that will accomplish this as well
You can shut it down hard (by holding the power button until it shuts off), wait at least 10 seconds (for your hard drive to stop spinning) then start it up and then try shutting down windows normally instead of just closing the laptop's lid. You can then go into user accounts and delete all accept for your Administrative account (even Guest account), and see if that cures your ills. Good Luck.