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E Machine operating system not found - cna't get to the bios - Ran XP Pro installation and it keeps rebooting after first phase of formating drive. I think the drive might be dead - However was able to put it in a different machine as a slave drive and get to the files to copy to an external drive. Not sure how to fix. Tried to fix the boot recorded and the mbr - to no avail.

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If your not able to get into the bios, your problem may lay there. Since your bios tells your computer how to run (as you probably already know) then it may not be telling your computer how to run. Try testing the battery on your board with a voltage tester, or just buy a new one. Try a few different things and try to get into your bios (like disconnect all drives). If you think your hd is dead, run a hd test with your computer as a slave. You can also try using a program Norton partition magic to scan the drive and see if its alright. (very powerful program). Make sure you do a full scan on it to make sure that its not physically damaged, like the mbr being permanently damaged by the drive becoming unbalanced. Good luck

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