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I Have a Dell Dimension 4600, 2.8GHz, 256MB RAM, 120GB Hard Drive. When I turn the computer on, As soon as the Dell Screen finishes loading, it tells me "A Disk Read Error Has Occured : Please Press Ctrl + Alt + Del To Restart" Over & Over again.. I have tried to reformat it, but the screen goes Black and stays black when I try... Please any help would be greratly appreciated..
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Every now & Then it also give me the following error:

"Diskette Drive 0 Seek Failure"
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Can you boot into the BIOS and see if the BIOS recognizes there is a drive in the computer?
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Im not sure how to do that =(..
I can get into System Setup, but I cant boot in Safe Mode ect... =(
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Do you have an install CD?

If you do that put it in the computer and reboot.

Then there should be an option to select Boot Options After POST.
Its on the first screen and its either F9 or F12.

Go into there and boot from the install CD.

Go through and accept the agreement and then it should show what drives you have and what is installed.

If you proceed with this install it will wipe your hard drive and you will lost any information.

If you do not need to save anything, than you can proceed, but be warned.
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Ohhh yes, I have tried Booting from my Install CD many times..
It states: "Setup Is Inspecting Your Computer's Hardware..."
Then The screen goes black, and I hear the cd rom get quiet. The black screen never goes off, just stays there until I shut the computer off by pushing the button =/
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I ran "IDE Hard Drive Diagnostics"
&& Results:

"Primary SATA"
DRIVE 0 "ST3120026AS - PASS"

"Secondary SATA"
DRIVE 0 - No Device

(Ect Ect)

"Primary IDE"
"SONY CD-RW CRX216E - Diagnostics Not Supported"
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Bump =(
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Last Bump =(
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So you have nothing on the drive you need?
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Nothing important.. I am not worried about loosing any information on it. However I have tried several times to reformat it already.. All to no avail.
I try loading to the XP CD & the screen stays black.
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To completely erase all data on the drive(s)

Click this to download Boot and Nuke

Click this for a guide to using Boot and Nuke

Use the autonuke option, which could take 8 hours or so, then when you run Windows set up, check it is creating a RAW1 partition on C, if the drive letter is different, restart the PC and it should default to C
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I just want to thank you, You saved me over $100. I followed your instructions exactly & it worked like a charm. Took about 4 Hours to get Windows XP Re-installed & Up-&-Running. Thanks again, I really do appreciate your assistance.
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Thank You for letting me know
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Luckily I stumbled upon this thread with some clever searching.

All it took was a few seconds in Dan's Boot and Nuke to neutralize the problem by overwriting those disagreeable remnants of a Linux ReiserFS partition (which FDisk could not get rid of).

Thank you Keith!
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