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The Harddrive is fine, I did a block test within the Dell BIOS.
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If it has a floppy drive and you have another computer with a floppy, you can make a bootable startup disc. sometimes, you can then install from the cd directory/
I am not that old-school
I might try make a CD with some linux, a live CD I mean.
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try Puppy Linux, it has gparted i spoke about on it and it can read most partitions.
http://www.puppylinux.com/download/index.html
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Will do, thanks for the fast replies people!
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If it has a floppy drive and you have another computer with a floppy, you can make a bootable startup disc. sometimes, you can then install from the cd directory/
http://www.bootdisk.com/
plus boot cds
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No dice. Harddrivers are performing normaly. I extracted all the data from them earlier today. I tried to boot the DELL agian, but no dice.
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post #17 of 29
Dell support?

Ummm blame it on your cat they're pretty dumb...

They should send a technician to come and he will most likely replace the drive and put a fresh copy of highly bloated XP/Vista on there.

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sounds like a borked MBR/partition table. Disk accessible, but Windows doesn't boot, nor is the disk recognized in Windows Setup. Other applications do recognize the partitions (since in that case, you didn't boot from the drive, and the MBR/partition table is bypassed).

Does the CD you booted from have fdisk? If so, go to a DOS prompt, and use the command fdisk /mbr. That will rewrite the MBR, and with some luck you can boot from the drive again (I've done this in the past myself when I messed up my MBR with a botched linux install).
    
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I can't use the XP CD that came with it to re-install OS. Because it aborts saying no hdd is present, I tried the HDD in my PC and it worked lol.
That's all I needed.

Windows cannot see the HDD when trying to install as you need to install SATA RAID drivers first. Some older motherboards that had SATA ports needed SATA RAID drivers to be installed for the SATA RAID controller in order for the installation process to see the HDD. This is because they lacked the option to run SATA drives in IDE mode. XP installation CD's don't have drivers for SATA controllers operating in SATA mode in their driver library, which is why you need to install the SATA RAID drivers.

I don't know what SATA RAID drivers you will need as you haven't posted what motherboard the PC has but you should have some luck if you browse around Dell's support section if you know the motherboard model, or PC model.
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post #20 of 29
Your computer is not accessing your MBR, therefore you need to repartition the drive so that you can repair your MBR. This is the only way to do it. You need to go Floppy style, thats the only way.
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