Need Help Boot Up Error

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  1. Kira Yamato

    Kira Yamato New Member

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    I tried to boot up my computer like 50+ times all it gives me is

    "A disk read error occurred
    Press Ctrl Alt Del to restart"

    YET theres no disks in my computer at all or CDs

    Ive tried unpluging everything cept the power cord and moniter cord and keyboard and mouse still the same........

    its a Refurbed Dell though........ :hs:
     
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    not only a dell, but a refurb, too... *sigh*

    So you say there are no disks in your computer, would that include hard drives?
     
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    you do have a Win98 boot disk,...right?

    Insert it and see if you can browse c:\
    If yes, your HDD is fine and you need to begin backing stuff up.
    If not...you could try a reformat and reinstall.
    if that doesn't work, its new hard drive time.
     
  4. Kira Yamato

    Kira Yamato New Member

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    no...... that was still hooked up

    how do i make a boot disk I have 2 other computers right next to me running XP though....... Windows 98 boot disk? where can i get that :hs:
     
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    Best bet would be to goto the website for the manufacturer of your drive and download their diagnostics utility and boot to it. You can then get a better picture of what you are looking at.


    EDIT-
    If you want to go the Windows boot disk method, try bootdisk.com

    Good luck!
     
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    bootdisk.com
     
  7. Kira Yamato

    Kira Yamato New Member

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    this might seem stupid to you guys but why use a win 98 boot disk if im gonna use Win XP
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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    Microsoft created an AWSOME boot disk with Windows 98 SE. It is truely great.
     
  9. Ivy Mike

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    The win98 boot disk will at least let you know if your drive is accesible.
    If it is, you are OK. Your data is still there.

    If you can't see it at all (DOS will says "invalid drive specification") you get to buy a new HDD or see if Dell will give you one.
     

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