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In the bios under boot device it says it is not present. however when it boots, just before i get the "no boot device available" it lists the drive "RAID Volumes"
and it lists "Bootable" Also shown is "Physical Disks" a "0" and '2" is listed along with some other information

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If you hit F12 at start up it will go to the boot menu. In this menu it should list the hard drive and the CD drive, if it doesn't, then this could be a simple bios glitch, in which you will need to make a floppy with the bios download from Dell's support site in order to flash the bios, using a floppy drive. It's not likely that both the hard drive and CD drive went out at the same time, which is usually what the "no bootable device" means, unless this is a machine that you just purchased and don't know anything about. I've gotten a few off Ebay that they slid bad drives into, just to make the sale. Try the bios flash and get back to me if it doesn't work.

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