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Sounds like you should be in business. You can DL XP from anywhere......
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Originally Posted by Baskt_Case View Post

If you can source an XP iso, and boot from that, that should give you some repair options.

Mainly, access to a command prompt. From which you can run...

chkdsk /f

sfc /scannow

and lastly, only if the previous two tools did not help anything at all...

fixmbr

If I'm not mistaken you need a dell labeled xp disc which runs like $5 on ebay
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Maybe, and maybe not. As far as just getting to the Recovery Console and then a Command Prompt, I think any "non-branded" WinXP iso would work, as long as its not XP x64 Enterprise. OP doesn't need to install from it, just access the command prompt.

Any non-branded iso will initialize an install on any PC, including versions sold as OEM. So long as it is not a branded (Dell, Acer, HP, etc.) iso to begin with. As such, Recovery Console options are presented in the very first stages of the XP install.

That said though, it would not surprise me one bit if the BIOS of that Dell would reject attempts of loading Recovery Console from other discs, thereby forcing the OP to do a full blown install.

At the bare minimum, OP needs to insert a random install disc and see if it will at least boot and initialize before replacing the HDD.
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I would suggest to just do a complete, from scratch, install. Who knows what else is messed up on the drive.
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I was under the impression IDE is IDE, for Desktops or Laptops. But since it's not, i am sure their is a way to get an adapter for it, probably not worth the trouble, just a thought. thumb.gif

There is 3.5 IDE and 2.5 IDE. Different connector's. If memory serves me correctly the difference is the number of pins(2.5 has different power) Yes you can get an adapter but its not worth the money for just this single project. Thank you though.
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Seeing as the HDD is detected in the BIOS that most likely means that is is operable. I'd say get the (or a copy of a Windows XP disk) and repair the install. That or re-format the entire HDD and I hope that your step-dad has backups or didn't have anything worth keeping on there.

He didn't have much of anything worth keeping, its a "shop PC".. It buys motorcycle and car parts. Had a few pic's on it from projects but nothing needed. Their main PC has a proper back up though smile.gif

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Originally Posted by Baskt_Case View Post

If you can source an XP iso, and boot from that, that should give you some repair options.

Mainly, access to a command prompt. From which you can run...

chkdsk /f

sfc /scannow

and lastly, only if the previous two tools did not help anything at all...

fixmbr
Sweet. Digging though my pile of OS's now but I think I got rid of XP all together in favor of 7. mad.gif

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If I'm not mistaken you need a dell labeled xp disc which runs like $5 on ebay
For install yes, Needs to be a Dell disc to install but repair function's should work form any XP CD.

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Maybe, and maybe not. As far as just getting to the Recovery Console and then a Command Prompt, I think any "non-branded" WinXP iso would work, as long as its not XP x64 Enterprise. OP doesn't need to install from it, just access the command prompt.

Any non-branded iso will initialize an install on any PC, including versions sold as OEM. So long as it is not a branded (Dell, Acer, HP, etc.) iso to begin with. As such, Recovery Console options are presented in the very first stages of the XP install.

That said though, it would not surprise me one bit if the BIOS of that Dell would reject attempts of loading Recovery Console from other discs, thereby forcing the OP to do a full blown install.

At the bare minimum, OP needs to insert a random install disc and see if it will at least boot and initialize before replacing the HDD.

Check. Working on it but I may end up using a bootable Linux CD to check HDD.. XP is difficult for me to find these day's.

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I would suggest to just do a complete, from scratch, install. Who knows what else is messed up on the drive.

It's looking like he's going to end up with Linux Mint.

XP is being a pain in the ass to find for the repair function's, Let alone a Dell branded copy that will work with his activation code. Stupid windows. grrrr. I should have snatched the install cd's from him or made ISO copy's and saved them to my server mad.gif

Later today I'll fiddle with it and post back with what I find. Thank you all for your suggestions.
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