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Before you use the Recovery CD you need to backup your data because to restoring your laptop will wipe your data off the hard disk. To backup your data when you cannot boot up your laptop, remove the hard drive and connect it to an USB hard drive adapter. Connect this hard drive/USB adapter into the USB port of a working computer. The computer will see it as an external storage device, you can then open the folders and backup your data. You can then fit the hard drive back into the Dell laptop and boot up with the Dell recovery CD to reinstall Windows etc.
Boot up with a Dell Recovery CD to format your hard disk and install a fresh copy of Windows on your laptop. If you do not have a Recovery CD for your model laptop then you can get one from the Dell WEB site. You can download the device drivers from Dell WEB site, the support download page. Make sure you select your model desktop or laptop, better still, type in the Service Tag number, it is printed on the label on the bottom of the laptop and on the back or sides of a desktop. (If the Service Tag label is missing then go into the BIOS setting and on one of the BIOS pages, the Service Tag number will be displayed). This will open the page where the specific drivers for your model computer are located. Also make sure you select the Windows of the drivers for your Windows operating system. Click on this link to download the drivers: - http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/index.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=gen
Severe corruption. Since you can no longer boot in any way in it it's going to be extremely hard to fix it. Better just reinstall Windows from scratch. Use the recovery cd that should have come with the laptop. If you don't have it then just use a disk borrowed from a friend and the key on the label.
The DST error code 1000-1046 is definitely a failing hard drive. ..I am not sure why your laptop is not recognizing a CD in the drive, but you should go into your BIOS settings, and in boot sequence, make sure that the CD drive is the first boot device. If you can't boot from a CD, you are not going to get very far with installing a new hard drive...
Does the hard drive LED flash and the hard drive spin up when you bootup?
If it doesn't then you could have a faulty hard drive or a fault disk controller.
Reseat the hard drive to see if it is a connection problem.
If the problem still persists then to test if the hard drive is faulty, remove the hard drive and connect it to an USB hard drive adapter.
Connect this to a working computer's USB port and if this computer sees it as an external hard drive and you can open the folders and files then the hard drive is OK.
If not then the hard drive is faulty and you need a new hard drive in the Dell and Windows installed etc. to get the Dell operational again.
you can configure it on the bios settings of the unit itself (possibly F2 or F11) Then go to boot sequence then look for the removable device. Then save your settings and restart your laptop. It should be working now.
I think you must reload the operating system and buy yourself a GOOD virus/malware protection software. If you do not have the recovery disc set contact the customer service number for your computer manufacturer to buy the set. Here is a link to the Dell support website. Support Dell US
Press and hold the <Fn> key while powering the system on. This will run the Dell Diagnostics. Another more intense diagnostic program is located on a Dell CD that you should have received with your laptop. Look for one that has “Diagnostics and utilities” listed under the “Contents”. You will have to boot from that CD disk. To do this, power on your laptop and tap the <F12> key to bring you to the “One time boot menu”. Insert the CD and then select CD/DVD drive and hit <Enter> key.Select the “Run the 32 Bit Dell Diagnostics”. Your responses are intended to improve the level of service provided. Please show your appreciation by rating your experience. Thank You.
After installing the new hard drive, you'll need to boot the computer from the recovery disk and follow the instructions to format the drive and install windows. You'll also need to install drivers from the driver disk after Windows is up and running. If the computer won't boot from the recovery disk, you'll need to access the "setup" utility and set the CDROM drive as the first boot device. To access the setup utility, press the Delete key after turning on the power. I hope this helps!